12.07.2021

Day 4: Durham students learn about cybersecurity during Students@Work

12 Days of Broadband Tuesday, December 7
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MCNC was proud to once again support Students@Work, the annual job shadowing and mentoring initiative organized by the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) and N.C. Department of Public Instruction. In March, MCNC virtually welcomed students from Rogers-Herr Middle School in Durham as part of this statewide, career-awareness effort. 

Students@Work is a great opportunity to introduce students to the world of networking technologies and related careers as technology and broadband connectivity play a massive role in the everyday lives of North Carolina citizens. This year, MCNC leadership and staff showed students the importance of cybersecurity and how to stay safe and secure while online. They also left with a better understanding of the interesting and rewarding career opportunities available in cybersecurity.

“Students@Work is an important program in our state’s work-based learning efforts as it helps middle school students become aware of potential careers and the skills needed to be successful in those careers,” said MCNC President and CEO Tracy Doaks. “This was MCNC’s ninth year participating in Students@Work, and we remain committed in helping North Carolina students interested in a career in technology achieve their goals.”

Formerly just a one-week effort, Students@Work has grown and now spans the entire month of March focusing primarily on students in middle and high school. Approximately 18,000 students and nearly 200 businesses participated in Students@Work through virtual means in 2021.

This job-shadowing initiative originated by gubernatorial proclamation with the NCBCE in 2011. To date, more than 300,000 North Carolina students have been positively impacted by the program.

Students@Work is scheduled to return again in 2022. Access the 2022 Flyer here.

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