This week, hundreds of Wayne County Public Schools middle school students will be exposed to STEM and career opportunities in Wayne County.
On Tuesday, February 28, more than 1,400 eighth grade students will attend a Middle School Career Fair to learn about area businesses and industries. The event will be held at the Goldsboro Family YMCA from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Representatives from more than 80 businesses, industries, and educational institutions will be on hand for the event
On Wednesday, March 1, more than 1,400 seventh grade students will attend a Middle School STEM Fair. The event will be held at the Goldsboro Family YMCA from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. In addition to being exposed to student exhibits centered around project based learning, students will have the opportunity to learn about STEM related fields through Wayne Community College and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.
District administrators say the events are important because research has shown that it is in middle school when students decide whether they will continue their education through high school or drop out.
“These events have been purposely designed to help every student see the value and importance of education as it applies to their future,” states Tamara Ishee, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction. “By exposing students to a myriad of career and STEM related fields, we hope to create a bridge between school and the workforce that will help motivate students to take advantage of the education that is available to them in order to master the skills needed to one day enter a potential field of interest.”
In partnership with Wayne County Public Schools, the Wayne Education Network and the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce are the primary hosts for both events. Duke Energy, Tri-County Electric Corp, Texas Roadhouse, Pizza Inn, and additional agencies provided valuable donor support.
“Planning a two-day event for nearly three thousand students requires many hours of preparation,” states Kim Copeland, WCPS Director Specialist. “I would like to extend my appreciation to everyone who serves on the planning committee and to all of the various businesses, industries, and educational institutions that participate in these events. Their involvement makes this two-day event a success for our students each year.”
The planning committee for the two events includes: Kim Copeland, Beverly Kee, Beverly Boltinhouse, Lou Rose, and Wayne Education Network representatives, Janet Brock (Wayne County Chamber of Commerce), Karen Burnette (Wayne Community College), Tommy King (Crown Screening), Cathy Hollowell (Wayne Memorial Hospital), and John Richards and Marc Langston (Goldsboro Family YMCA).