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First Gentleman launches student program at SECU
North Carolina First Gentleman Bob Eaves (center, back row) recently visited the State Employees’ CU (SECU) Raleigh Centennial Parkway branch. Eaves, and SECU Board Chairman Jim Barber (right, back row) and Branch Vice President Tim Swinson, spoke with students from Centennial Middle School about the importance of education in workplace success. (Photo provided by State Employees’ Credit Union)
RALEIGH, N.C. (2/14/11)—North Carolina First Gentleman Bob Eaves visited the State Employees’ CU (SECU) branches in Raleigh and Greensboro Jan. 31 to begin N.C. Business Committee for Education’s Students@Work Week. Eaves, SECU’s Board Chairman Jim Barber and Raleigh Centennial Parkway Branch Vice President Tim Swinson, spoke with a group of students from Centennial Middle School about the importance of education in workplace success. Eaves, the husband of North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, also traveled to SECU’s Greensboro Summit Avenue branch to speak with students from Aycock Middle School. Students@Work, a program spearheaded by Eaves, focuses on raising North Carolina’s graduation rate by giving middle-school students a chance to connect their classroom learning to real-world workplace experiences. SECU branches statewide participated in the campaign, which ran through Feb. 4. Eaves launched the program in New Bern in 2010, encouraging businesses to provide job-shadowing opportunities for middle-school students. Eaves has enlisted the support of the state Department of Public Instruction and the state Business Committee for Education to grow Students@Work to 30 companies spanning all 100 North Carolina counties. The program focuses on middle-school students because middle school is a crucial time for dropout prevention. Of every 100 students who enter the ninth grade, about 29 drop out, according to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. “Too many students don’t see the value in their education,” said Eaves. “We need to motivate these kids and let them see there is a bright future.”


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