"local businesses making a difference in education"
|Business Alliance Members|
Town of Cary
|J. Allan Phillips, CFP®
Vice-President/City Executive SECU
Reedy Creek Middle
Career Development Coordinator
Reedy Creek Middle
H. Trent Evans
Reedy Creek Middle
Reedy Creek Middle
Family & Consumer Sci.
Reedy Creek Middle
Reedy Creek Middle School is pleased to have an active "Business Alliance" (BA) leadership team. The BA team consists of representatives from local businesses, school administrators and RCMS educators. Our team mission is to foster career awareness among our students and to help prepare them for the important life-career decisions ahead.
The mission of Career and Technical Education is to empower all students to be successful citizens, workers, and leaders in a global economy
The team sponsors 3-4 major events a year incuding Career Fairs, Professional Days, Career Awareness Seminars and Job Skills instruction. If you're interested in learning more about our Business Alliance, or possibly joining our team, please contact our RCMS Career Coordinator, Rochelle Guiford - 460-3515. Through local business leaders and educators teaming together, we can make a difference!
Get Involved in 2013-2014:
- CAREER FAIR 2013 - 8TH GRADE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH
NORTH CAROLINA is gearing up to help all students become career and college-ready.
A Crisis of Relevance: How N.C. Must Innovate to Graduate All Students Career- and College-Ready.
The important role of CTE courses in career and college readiness is highlighted in the final report of the State Superintendent's Career-Ready Commission:
Statistics show that North Carolina students taking CTE courses are likely to graduate from high school and go on to some form of postsecondary education and training. During the 2007-08 school year, for example, 308,772 high school students (73 percent of all high school students in the state) enrolled in CTE courses. For the 2008-09 school year, the four-year graduation rate among CTE completers was 86.7 percent. The statewide four-year graduation rate among all North Carolina students for that year was 71.7 percent. Through CTE, students earned close to 11,000 high school credits for community college or university courses in 2008-09 (an increase from 729 credits earned in 2001-02).
The importance of CTE programs is highlighted as One of the 10 Key Principles for New State School Accountability listed in, The Next Generation of School Accountability: A Blueprint for Raising High School Achievement and Graduation Rates published by the State Regional Education Board (SREB)
Broaden the definition of academic rigor to include career/technical programs of study that
join a “ready” academic core with a coherent sequence of quality Career and Technical
Businesses are invited to join the Business Network formed by Career and Technical Education Administrators' division of the North Carolina Association of Career and Technical Education (NCACTE) professional organization.The network was established to "Create and maintain a business-education advocacy group that addresses Career and Technical Education issues on a regular basis."
General Alliance Activities:
The Annual 8th Grade Career Fair was held on November 19th, 2012. 8th grade students plan a high school course of study and actually select high school courses in March. Students rate this event as memorable and very much appreciate the interest that the community shows!
Wake County School-to-Career Explorations - Wake County site has multiple career explorations resources and tools including the Career Outlook Handbook which would be of interest to both students and parents.
Current Career Activities:
- STEM ACTIVITY GRADE 7: NC CLIMATE OFFICE
- GRADE 8 CAREER FAIR - NOVEMBER 16, 2012 - INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE
- Grade 8 Career Fair - November 19, 2010 - Read all about it! Great links from 2010
- Grade 8 Career Explorations
Students login to FUTURES FOR KIDS to take an interest inventory and explore careers related to their interests. The site is rich with current information and linked to CFNC (College Foundation of North Carolina) where they will be making their high school plan in February 2011. This program is available 24/7 from home or school.
- Online Application - Youth Employment Certificate for Youth under 18 yrs.
Student must know the employer's name, address, business type (retail, restaurant...), and the job to be performed in order to fill-out the online form. The form is then printed and signed by the parent and employer.
Highlights of Past Alliance Activities
FIDELITY INVESTMENTS IS COMMITTED TO MIDDLE SCHOOL SUCCESS!
Fidelity has made a major committment to middle schools around the country. "The middle-school years play a critical role in keeping students inspired and on track to receive a high school diploma. “Our goal from the beginning was to bring a renewed energy and enthusiasm to the middle school students and help them make a successful transition to high school and, ultimately, to graduation,” said Sheila Cavanaugh, senior vice president of Community Relations.." You can see some of their work portrayed on CITIZEN SCHOOLS site and on their CORPORATE website. The company also strives to be good stewards of the environment recycling and seeking LEED certifications for their buildings.
FIDELITY HOSTS "JA in a DAY," June 4, 5 and 6th.. Our Busiiness Alliance member Fidelity has teamed up with Junior Achievement to provide a program of career development and financial literacy for all RCMS' grade 6 students
- STUDENTS @ WORK INITIATIVE 2013: Read about the tremendous support business is giving to our middle school students - click here!
- 2009 Grade 7 Arbor Day - Green Careers - April 2009 SEE IT HERE
- 2007 Grade 8 Career Fair - November SEE IT HERE
A total of 35 participants from various business, agencies and colleges presented a broad spectrum of careers for the students to investigate. The event is held annually in November. Students have always given the fair a grand "thumbs-up. Iindividually or in small groups, the students interview the participants to learn about the skills and aptitudes necessary for various jobs.
Students also learned about the negative effects of poor decision making on future job possibilities. Using information provided by a local law firm, Manning and Crouch, for the Career and Technical Department of WCPSS, Ms. Megan Kirkpatrick challenged the students to consider the long term effects DWIs, misdemeanors, pranks, computer hacking on college acceptance and employment opportunities. Take the test in English or Spanish. Answers are here
- 2007 Grade 6 Vehicles in Motion was held on Friday, June 1, 10:00 to 12:30: READ ALL ABOUT IT!
- 2007 Grade 7 Career Day- was held on Monday, June 4th. The event is a full-day of career exploration activities highlighted by student and staff presentations depicting the best and worst ways to get a job! Our dressed for success students will be judged by the Alliance and rewarded with gift certificates from our business partner, PLATO'S CLOSET, where the students can use their prizes to continue to dress for success!
- Take a Child to Work Day - Last Tuesday of the month of April. This activity is for grade 8s only and is part of a national program to introduce students to career opportunities. Click the link to access permission and information forms in both English and Spanish
- Careers in Motion 2005
- Grade 6: Health Career Awareness- was held on June 2, 2006. Click the link to see the list of cooperating institutions and speakers from 2006. They provided several hours of wonderful and enjoyable career information.