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North Carolina joins work-based learning effort


The Daily Reflector

Monday, November 6, 2017

North Carolina has been selected to take part in a national project to create and expand work-based learning opportunities to connect young people with career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced last week that North Carolina is one of six states selected by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices to participate in the policy academy focused on increasing high-quality work-based learning.

Work-based learning blends work experience and applied learning to develop students’ and young adults’ foundational and technical skills so they can take advantage of education, career and employment opportunities, according to Cooper.

“By linking education with business, North Carolina will develop a workforce with the right skills for the right jobs,” Cooper said. “This national effort will help us identify and harness the best ways to give young people in our state real-world knowledge and exposure to successful careers.”

Funded by the Siemens Foundation, the policy academy will help states develop and grow work-based learning opportunities for people ages 16 to 29. The effort will focus on connecting young people with careers in industries where STEM skills are needed most, such as advanced manufacturing, health care, information technology and energy.

Along with North Carolina, Alabama, Idaho, Illinois, Nevada, and Rhode Island were selected to participate in the policy academy.

Through the policy academy, states will share best practices, develop plans to identify and scale high-quality programs, and develop policies to support and sustain work-based learning initiatives.

North Carolina’s team includes membership from the Governor’s office, North Carolina Business Committee for Education, Department of Commerce, Department of Public Instruction, and N.C. Community College System.