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March 19 – 28, 2018

Students@Work is a 10-day blitz aimed at exposing middle schools students from across the state to real-world, business environments in their communities. We view job exposure as a critical first step in integrating work-based learning into the lives of NC students, adding relevancy to their classrooms, and helping students successfully navigate career pathways.

This job-shadowing initiative, held by Gubernatorial Proclamation, originated with the North Carolina Business Committee for Education in 2011.  We work closely with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and to-date more than 161,000 North Carolina middle school students have been impacted by the program.


Learn more about Students@Work and what is in store for the 2017 program.



Students visit a workplace in their community. Through job-shadowing, presentations and other interactions, they learn what the business is about and the career opportunities available to them.  The time investment can be anywhere from a few hours to an entire full school day.


A business representative(s) visits a school and makes a presentation to students about their company and industry. This may work best for businesses where safety or other considerations make an on-site visit impractical.

A third option is to offer virtual job-shadowing for schools when the two primary ways are not feasible.

  • Pre-visit business information template for students
  • Suggestions and best-practices for an optimal experience
  • Business program models
  • An action plan for job-shadowing and in-school visits
  • Student participant tracking template
  • Business feedback questionnaire
  • How to help students connect career pathways to what they are learning in the classroom
  • Program deadline overview

*Please log in to Member Online Portal to access the 2017 NCBCE Students@Work Toolkit

The Impact of Students@Work

  • Promotes Career Pathway awareness and opportunities
  • Helps students become graduation goal-oriented
  • Facilitates an understanding of the knowledge and skills that 21st Century workplaces demand
  • Brings workforce relevancy into classroom learning
  • Emphasizes the importance of STEM skills in career options
  • Establishes a connection between academics and the real world of work
  • Promotes career awareness in their company and engage students to foster potential employees
  • Enhances communication and goodwill between business and community
  • Connects educators and students with business people in work environments
  • Demonstrates the value of community service by senior management and inspire passion for public service
  • Provides leadership, writing and organizational opportunities for employees beyond routine job descriptions
North Carolina
  • Improves state drop-out rate
  • Decreases the Skills-Gap
  • Fuels the workforce pipeline for a vibrant economic future
  • Boosts post-secondary education statistics
  • Strong workforce attracts new businesses to North Carolina
  • Helps to attract new businesses to North Carolina by fostering a strong workforce

  • “BB&T has always placed a high value on education and learning. In fact, one of the basic tenets of our mission statement is to “create a place where our associates can learn and grow…” As a natural extension of this belief, we think it’s important to work closely with the education community to prepare tomorrow’s associates for the future challenges of working in the financial services industry. The Students@WorkSM program allows us to do that. Students get a first-hand look at how the skills they are learning in the classroom translate to the work we do every day.”

    Will Sutton - Executive Vice President and Director, The BB&T Leadership Institute

  • “GSK is proud to partner with NCBCE to host middle school youth as part of the Students@Work program. We hope to take advantage of a student’s natural curiosity and the fact that they learn best by doing, so we designed a program that gives them a hands-on, problem-based activity to show that science is both interesting and fun. Through problem solving and short, easy-to-understand presentations, students learn basic scientific concepts that relate to the world around them. Students also hear about the many different types of careers within GSK and how those relate to making medicines for people in need. Students@WorkSM day at GSK encourages children to develop a lifelong interest in and appreciation of science.”

    Sharon Sawchak - Senior Director Clinical Development, GSK

  • “The biggest selling point of the Students@WorkSM week event is that it can be customized to meet the needs of businesses and students. This flexibility facilitated the collaboration that took place in Asheville between area NCBCE members, school systems, the Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way to create a completely unique approach that involved and engaged our entire community, including 750 students and 23 local businesses, over the course of the week. Students@WorkSM is a perfect vehicle for businesses, especially those new to workforce development programs, to begin connecting with their future employees.”

    Scott McLean - Talent Acquisition & Planning Manager, The Biltmore Company


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NCBCE would like to thank the following sponsor(s) for Students at Work logo

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