Employer Engagement Opportunities

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    GUEST SPEAKERS: sign up to be a classroom guest speaker on the DPS Volunteer Portal. You will be contacted if a teacher has a need for someone with your expertise.

    CAREER CONVERSATIONS: monthly guest speaker panels at each school, covering a different industry sector each month. Learn more.

    CAREER FAIRS: each high school offers an annual career and college fair for students of all grade levels. Companies and organizations may view the event schedule below and then register to participate. 

    DURHAM YOUTHWORK INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: six week paid internships through the Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development. Companies wishing to host interns may apply on the DYIP website.

    SCHOLARS-AT-WORK PROGRAM: companies host groups of students for a four day worksite immersion over Spring Break. Learn more.

    READY SET GO CAREER READINESS EXPO: mock interviews, resume feedback, career readiness workshops and a job fair for juniors and seniors planning to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation.

    PRE-APPRENTICESHIPS: opportunities available through the DPS Skilled Trades Pathway, Apprenticeship Durham and individual companies.

     

                    Businesses and industry professionals wishing to partner on these or other activities may contact:                  Ondrea Austin, Lead Workforce Coordinator, ondrea.austin@dpsnc.net, (919) 560-3858

     

    2018-2019 Opportunities

    Date(s)

    Event

    Time

    Description

    October 2018

    Week of 10/15

    Career Conversations:

    Skilled Trades & Advanced Manufacturing

    Varies by school

    Monthly guest speaker panel series at schools across Durham, covering a different industry sector each month

    Oct 11

    Jordan High School Career & College Fair

    TBD

    College and career fair for 9th-12th grade students

    November 2018

    11/8

    Northern High School Career & College Fair

    9:30am-11:30am

    College and career fair for 9th-12th grade students

    Week of 11/05

    Career Conversations:

    Business & Public Administration

    Varies by school

    Monthly guest speaker panel series at schools across Durham, covering a different industry sector each month

    11/13

    Southern School of Energy & Sustainability Career Fair

    9:30am-12:30pm

    College and career fair for 9th-12th grade students

    11/29

    Hillside High School Career & College Expo

    9:30am-12:00pm

    College and career expo for 9th-12th grade students

    December 2018

    Week of 12/10

    Career Conversations:

    Information Technology & STEM

    Varies by school

    Monthly guest speaker panel series at schools across Durham, covering a different industry sector each month

    February 2019

    Week of 2/12

    Career Conversations:

    Health & Human Services

    Varies by school

    Monthly guest speaker panel series at schools across Durham, covering a different industry sector each month

    2/19

    City of Medicine Academy Career Fair

    9:00am - 12:00pm

    College and career fair for 9th-12th grade students

    2/26

    Ready Set Go Career Readiness Event

    10:00am-12:30pm

    Career readiness workshops and job fair for juniors and seniors planning to enter the workforce after graduation

    March 2019

    3/5 - 3/8

    Scholars-At-Work Program - Alternative Spring Break

    10:00am-3:00pm

    Four-day worksite immersion over Spring Break, for CTE students in 10th-12th grades

    3/6

    Jordan High Career Fair

    9:30am-2:00pm

    Career fair for 9th-12th grade students

    Week of 3/11

    Career Conversations:

    Hospitality & Tourism

    Varies by school

    Monthly guest speaker panel series at schools across Durham, covering a different industry sector each month

    3/25 - 3/28

    Scholars-At-Work Program - Traditional Spring Break

    10:00am-3:00pm

    Four-day worksite immersion over Spring Break, for CTE students in 10th-12th grades

    3/25 - 3/29

    YouthWork Interviews

    Varies

    Industry professionals interview youth for summer YouthWork internships

    April 2019

    4/06

    Riverside High Engineering & Technology Expo

    10:00am-2:00pm

    Demonstrations, poster presentations, and speakers from industry. Open to the community and students of all grade levels.

    Week of 4/08

    Career Conversations:

    Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

    Varies by school

    Monthly guest speaker panel series at schools across Durham, covering a different industry sector each month

    May 2019

    5/20

    Southern School of Energy & Sustainability Job Fair

    TBD

    Job fair for seniors 

    June – August 2019

    6/17 - 6/19

    YouthWork Career Readiness Training

    Varies

    Employer-led workshops prepare youth for summer internship

    6/24 - 7/26

    Durham YouthWork Internship Program

    Varies

    Summer youth internships through the Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development