WHEREAS, North Carolina’s high school graduation rate is continuing to rise to record levels, but nearly 17 percent of the state’s children are still not completing high school; and
WHEREAS, an educated and skilled workforce is an essential component of future economic development in North Carolina; and
WHEREAS, middle school is a critical point for dropout prevention; and
WHEREAS, the business community is an important partner in the education of North Carolina’s students; and
WHEREAS, job shadowing and mentoring opportunities offer students a chance to explore various career options and to set goals for the future; and
WHEREAS, Students@Work Week is a partnership between the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Business Committee for Education; and
WHEREAS, more than 30,000 middle school students participated in Student@Work week in all 100 North Carolina counties in 2013;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Pat McCrory, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim March 3-7, 2014, as “STUDENTS@WORK WEEK” in North Carolina, and challenge business leaders across our state to provide job shadowing opportunities for middle school students.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this twenty-seventh day of February in the year of our Lord two thousand and fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.