North Carolina Teachers to Convene Thursday in RTP for Classroom to Career STEM Summit

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Work-Based Learning to Help Teachers Prepare Students for Jobs of the Future

Middle school teachers from across the state will come together Thursday in RTP for a one-day professional development program to help connect classroom STEM learning with careers.

The North Carolina Business Committee for Education, housed in the Office of the Governor, and the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership, housed at NC State University, are partnering with GSK for the emPowering STEM Classroom to Career Conference at GSK’s Headquarters. 

The emPowering STEM Conference is part of a larger effort to increase high quality work-based learning across North Carolina to ensure students are prepared to fill the jobs of today and tomorrow. Work-based learning is a key part of Governor Roy Cooper’s NC Job Ready initiative laying out priorities for workforce development. 

One hundred sixteen middle school teachers from across the state will participate in the event. Experts from the Governor’s Office, the NC Department of Commerce, the NC Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina Electric Cooperatives, Duke Energy, the Kramden Institute, the North Carolina Farm Bureau, the Fleet Readiness Center, and GSK along with Kenan Fellow alumni will participate in the event. The conference includes learning labs that will help the participating teachers connect classroom curriculum to real applications in STEM industries.

Educators were selected to attend this event by their local Superintendent or district leadership because they are recognized as teacher-leaders in STEM education. 

The event is open to the press. To attend or get more information, contact Marti Skold-Jordan, 919-328-0507, marti.x.skold-jordan@gsk.com.

About GSK – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For more company information, go to us.gsk.com and follow us on For more information on GSK’s global STEM education program, visit gskscienceeducation.com.

About the North Carolina Business Committee for Education: The North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE) is a business-led, education non-profit (501-c3) that operates out of the Office of the Governor. Since 1983, NCBCE has provided a critical link between North Carolina business leaders and the state’s education decision makers, helping to create connections between the education curriculum and the overall work readiness of citizens across the state. Learn more at ncbce.org. 

About the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership: Established in 2000 as an initiative of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science at NC State University, the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership addresses the critical need for high-quality professional development for educators, and bridging STEM in school with STEM at work. It is the largest STEM-focused teacher leadership fellowship in North Carolina—kenanfellows.org.

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