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Chamber creates Wake Forest Career Readiness Academy

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WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Chamber Foundation has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Chamber to create the Wake Forest Career Readiness Academy.

The Academy’s goal is to help students learn the skills required to be tomorrow’s successful employees. Along with classroom training, on-the-job internships will complete each student’s experience.

The Chamber Foundation is seeking the support of area businesses and asking them to host a high school intern for a semester during the 2019-2020 school year. Businesses that participate can benefit in many ways: interns provide an extra pair of hands to help with projects; they can be groomed into a potential future employee; and businesses will have access to professional HR consultants and attorneys at no charge.

“Many businesses today report that they are lacking in qualified, trained young employees,” said Corey Hutcherson, vice president of community relations for the chamber. “This Career Readiness Academy is an attempt to close the workforce gap, and help young people understand how to be a good employee while they explore career options.”

To answer questions regarding the responsibility of hosting an intern, or address concerns about the expectations and requirements, two information sessions are planned. Experts will be on-hand to share in-depth information on the entire program. Both will be held at Wake Electric in downtown Wake Forest.

• Tuesday, June 4 from 9-10:30 a.m.

• Tuesday, June 18 from 9-10:30 a.m.

To reserve a spot for either of these sessions, email wfcareerreadinessacademy@gmail.com and indicate the desired session.

For more information, call Corey Hutcherson at 919-556-1519.

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