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April 9, 2014

Contact: Ashley Ford
Phone: 704-572-8549
Email: aford@charlottenc.gov


Thousands of students attend inaugural Charlotte Career Discovery Day
Charlotte, NC — Thousands of Charlotte-Mecklenburg high school students attended the city’s first Charlotte Career Discovery Day today. Hosted by the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the event provided youth with the opportunity to interact with more than 100 local government officials, entrepreneurs, councilmembers and business executives in the city.
“During the past four years, the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program held industry-specific Career Discovery Days for up to 300 students. But this year, we’ve partnered with CMS and brought thousands of students here today for the city’s first district-wide Charlotte Career Discovery Day,” said Councilmember Patsy Kinsey. “With the support of our local community, the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program continues to provide our youth with new and exciting opportunities like the Charlotte Career Discovery Day – opportunities where we encourage our children to learn, grow and succeed.”
Before arriving at the Charlotte Career Discovery Day, students were encouraged to download Guidebook, a mobile app that provided them with a map of the venue, schedule of events and additional information about the vendors and sponsors that attended the event.
During the event, students viewed exhibits and networked with vendors from various industries in Charlotte, including finance; health sciences; local government; and science, technology, engineering and math. Several students also participated in a Dress for Success fashion show, courtesy of Belk, and visited with employers and colleges at a Career and College Fair. Additionally, there was a disaster mobile hospital unit and mobile athletic training vehicle, courtesy of Carolinas HealthCare System; mock technology retail store with product demos as well as information on coding and programs, courtesy of Microsoft; and a mock bank branch complete with an interactive game on the Guidebook app, courtesy of Bank of America.
“Today, you will have the rare opportunity to meet with industry leaders who are making waves not only in Charlotte, but also around the world. Listen, learn, ask questions, network with others and challenge yourself to explore new career possibilities,” Kinsey said to the students. “The relationships you develop and the lessons you learn today will help you as you build your career.”