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  • PREPARING TOMORROW'S WORKFORCENavigator

    Join us in guiding students toward rewarding careers while bridging the skills gap and developing your talent pipeline.

    Companies wishing to provide 3-2-1 experiences may 1) self-register for the activities below*; 2) list their activities on the WBL Navigator for schools to search; or 3) contact Ondrea Austin, Lead Workforce Development Coordinator, at ondrea.austin@dpsnc.net or (919) 560-3858 to discuss options.

    *Activity dates are updated in September of each academic year.

AWARENESS

  • 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. 

EXPOSURE

  • FIELD TRIPS

    Companies wishing to host student groups of any size may contact us to coordinate.

EXPERIENCE

  • SCHOLARS-AT-WORK PROGRAM

    Companies host groups of students for a four day worksite immersion over Spring Break. Learn more.

    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.

    PRE-APPRENTICESHIPS

    Opportunities available through the DPS Skilled Trades Pathway and individual companies.

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  • EVENT SCHEDULE 2019-2020

    (updated in September of each academic year)

    Date(s)

    Event

    Time

    Description

    September 2019

    Week of 9/23

    Career Conversations:

    Arts &  Communications

    Varies by school

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

    October 2019

    10/10

    Jordan High School Career & College Fair

    8:00am-12:00pm

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

    10/10

    Northern High Career Conversations

    9:15am- 10:15am

    10:45am-11:45am

    12:20pm-1:20pm

    2:40pm-  3:40pm

    Four guest speaker panels will be held throughout the day. Each panel will have representatives from a variety of industries. 

    Week of 10/21

    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

    10/23

    Lakeview School Career Fair

    9:00am-11:00am Career fair for 9th-12th grade students

    November 2019

    11/15

    Southern School of Energy & Sustainability Career Fair

    9:00am-12:30pm

    All high school students in grades 9-12

    Week of 11/18

    Career Conversations:

    Business & Public Administration

    Varies by school

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

    11/21

    Hillside High School College & Career Expo

    9:00am-12:00pm

    College and career fair for 9th-12th grade students, with an emphasis on freshman

    December 2019

    12/11

    Riverside High School Career Fair

    9:30am-12:25pm

    Career fair for 9th graders

    Week of 12/16

    Career Conversations:

    Health & Human Services

    Varies by school

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

     January 2020

    1/24

    Durham School of the Arts Career Fair

    9:15am-12:30pm

    Career fair for 9th graders (may include students from other grade levels)

    Snow Date: February 7

    February 2020

    Week of 2/17

    Career Conversations:

    Hospitality & Tourism

    Varies by school

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

    2/20

    School for Creative Studies Career Fair

    10:00am-12:40pm

    TBD

    March 2020

    3/4

    Jordan High Career & College Fair

    8:00am-1:00pm

    Career fair for 11th & 12th grade students

    3/9 - 3/12

    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

    3/10

    Northern High School Internship and Job Fair

    12:00pm-2:20pm

    All high school students

    3/23

    Career Conversations:

    Information Technology & STEM

    Varies by school

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

    April 2020

    Weeks of 4/13 & 4/20

    YouthWork Interviews

    Varies

    Industry professionals interview youth for summer YouthWork internships

    4/14 - 4/17

    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

    Week of 4/20

    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
     4/22 Lakeview School Career Fair 9:00am-11:00pm All high school students

    June – August 2020

    6/15 - 6/19

    YouthWork Career Readiness Training

    Varies

    Employer-led workshops prepare youth for summer internship

    6/15 - 7/24

    Durham YouthWork Internship Program

    Varies

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

Contact Us

  • Ondrea Austin, Lead Workforce Development Coordinator

    Email: ondrea.austin@dpsnc.net

    Telephone: (919) 560-3858