Middle school students spent their day working side-by-side with Googlers, a full-time Google association employee, during the 8th Annual Students@Work event sponsored by Google in support of the Carolina Business Committee for Education, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and the School/Business Partnership program in the Caldwell County Schools.
“Google supports this initiative to give students a glimpse of some of the career pathways inside the company and to excite students about the vast possibilities of career fields in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Jorge Gutierrez, Google Site Operations Manager.
Sixty students selected from middle schools throughout the district participated, and Google provided all the resources for the workshop, to include a Raspberry Pi (compact computer), keyboard, and monitor for each student. With the help and instruction from more than a dozen Googlers, students assembled the parts and installed an operating system. By the end of the day, Google revealed to the students that they would get to keep and take home their computers.
The Students@Work initiative centers its efforts on middle school students to introduce career exploration early and to emphasize future career options that place high school graduation as a foundation for success.