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Students@Work Week
Posted on 04/06/2017
By: Benjamin Rickert, Communications Department
Most people haven't explored a helicopter, melted glass, touched a pig's lung, or inspected a power line, but that's how over 850 middle schoolers from Buncombe County Schools spent their week, when 25 local businesses hosted them as part of the statewide Students@Work Week. The program gives young learners the important opportunity to personally experience a day at work in professional settings such as finance, hospitality, medicine, higher education, engineering, energy, manufacturing, culinary arts and fine arts.
Duke Energy Tweet“Students@Work Week provides the opportunity for middle school students to explore and engage with their community and see the variety of careers available in our area,” says Christy Cheek, BCS’ Director of Career and Technical Education. “With the focus on career awareness, our businesses and industries have opened their doors to our students to show them who they are and what they do.”

Students have this opportunity thanks to a partnership between the NC Dept. of Public Instruction and the NC Business Committee for Education, a non-partisan, non-profit organization based in Raleigh.

According to the NCBCE website: “Middle school is a crucial time for dropout prevention and also when high school curriculum planning takes place. Direct experience with the workplace demonstrates the relevance of education to future success.”

By helping students build a vision for the future, they will be able to make the most of their upcoming high school opportunities, and be better prepared to contribute to our nation’s workforce.


Learn more about Students@Work Week in North Carolina.

    Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin,, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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