The Wake Forest Career Readiness Academy allows students to learn leadership skills, gain an internship/apprenticeship opportunity with a local business, receive job training from industry experts, and learn basic financial literacy skills. The program includes eight monthly leadership and job training sessions that will be conducted during the school day and one full semester completing an internship at a local business. Students will learn many job readiness/soft skills (resume writing, interviewing, work place etiquette, etc.), industry specific information, leadership skills, and financial literacy skills. The ultimate goal will be to create well-rounded youth, who will be provided the necessary career ready skills needed for their future. The overall program will encompass 160 hours and graduates will receive a leadership and soft skills certificate of completion.
This program will be led by the Wake Forest Chamber Foundation for Common Progress in conjunction with community partners and volunteers. The Wake Forest Chamber Foundation was one of five recipients in the United States to receive a grant from the U.S Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which will fund this year’s program. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation wants to create work-based learning programs to better connect students with local job opportunities and potentially future careers. There will be no cost to the students selected for the program.
All applicants must:
Attend Wake Forest High School, Heritage High School, Wakefield High School, Franklin Academy, Rolesville High School, and Thales Academy or live in the following zip codes (27587, 27571, or 27614) and attend a school not listed above or are home-schooled.*
*All accepted participants must be approved by the school they attend a credit-based internship class. Additional opportunities outside a credit-based internship class will be reviewed by the Wake Forest Career Readiness Recruitment Committee. The Wake Forest Career Readiness Academy will make all attempts to work with all schools listed above and other schools that might have eligible students.
Be a rising junior or senior (2019-2020 school year).
Have a minimum, unweighted grade point average (GPA) of 2.5.
Have no attendance or disciplinary problems at their school.
Complete the Wake Forest Career Readiness Application
Provide at least three references: (2) from school and (1) community member. Two references must be from a classroom teacher, and the other references may be from a coach, principal, pastor, work boss, and/or community member.
If a student progresses through the applications process, he/she will be required to participate in a panel interview.
Applications will begin being accepted on February 19, 2019 and the deadline for all applications will be April 17, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. There are three parts to the application. An online application, references, and a Student/Parent agreement. Students must complete all three. The online application is found here.
All References should be signed, sealed, and have the name of the applicantand the school they attend on it. References can be either hand delivered or mailed to the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce: 350 S. White Street Wake Forest, NC 27587. ***References can also be filled out and emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.orgIf emailed please request the Student Name and School be placed in the email’s Subject Line.
Those chosen to be interviewed will be notified by April 29, 2019 using our remind app so they have time to prepare for the interview. If you apply you must sign up for our remind classroom code: remind.com/join/wfcrl1920a or text @wfcrl1920a to the number 81010 or (919) 809-6392.