The grant of a group of students will go for a professional wardrobe | School news

A $ 1,000 grant from the North Carolina Science Education Program, a state-wide student-led organization, will allow three traditional high schools in Lenoir to fit out work clothes closets so students can have the air of the game when they enter a commercial environment.

“These will serve as resources for students who may not have what they need to get to professional interviews, whether they are scholarship interviews or job interviews. ‘hiring and even job shadowing,’ said Brittany Harrison, the district high school career development coordinator who recently accepted the grant. Friday award from NCSE program founder Nagesh Desaraju.

The founding of Nagesh, a high school student at Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw, Union County, NCSEP is made up of students from across the state who organize fundraisers and solicit donations to provide grants to Title 1 schools.

She and her parents, Mahita Desaraju and Anu Singaraju, drove from Union County to present the check for $ 1,000 to Harrison; Amy Jones, Director of Secondary Education and CTE; Superintendent Brent Williams; Associate Superintendent Frances Herring; and Deputy Superintendent Nicholas Harvey II.

The grant was unsolicited and came with requirements for its use. The Vocational Wardrobe was a project of the SPC Vocational and Technical Training Program that was seeking funding.

“We’re going to buy clothes and use that money to keep them clean,” Harrison said. “We will first get donations from people who may have already had professional clothes racks. The grant will help us set up the facilities.

The district’s CTE program provides instruction and a path to certification in more than a dozen job fields, from masonry to nursing assistants, and works with local manufacturers like Crown and Spirit AeroSystems to offer apprenticeships. and internships for high school students. CTE education is offered at Kinston, North Lenoir and South Lenoir high schools.

Businesses or groups wishing to donate new or lightly used work clothing for young men and women can contact Harrison at 252-527-9184 or email [email protected]

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