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What does work-based learning in the classroom look like?

The North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) orchestrated a work-based learning takeover of Moore Square Magnet Middle School on November 18. For one hour, business leaders spread out over 25 classrooms and delivered interactive activities and had discussions about career opportunities with students.

Businesses such as Google, Fidelity, Duke Energy, Lenoir Healthcare, Barnhill Construction, Red Hat, Little, Biltmore Estate, and others participated in the event. 

After the takeover, a panel of teachers and students shared their insights from the event.

“I think it’s beneficial for students to see people that look like them in the classroom,” said Karina Covington, a seventh grade English teacher. 

Gov. Roy Cooper also spoke at the event, emphasizing the importance of developing a well-educated workforce.

“When I talk to CEOs,” he said, “the number one issue they want to talk to me about is workforce and talent. They want smart, talented people that they are ready to bring into their workforce.”

Taylor Shain

Taylor Shain is a documentary filmmaker and video producer with EducationNC.