Summer 2016
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Hub Farm seeds career development for Durham youth
Durham Public Schools' Hub Farm helps students make the vital connection between work and learning that research shows can motivate them to stay in school, earn a post-secondary credential and secure meaningful work. READ MORE
Partners in Action
Made in Durham partnership agreement spells out terms of engagement
The 12-point agreement developed by the advisory team and endorsed by the board of directors provides a mechanism for partner institutions to examine their role in and commitment to meaningful systems change. READ MORE
Durham alternative school students complete pilot internship prep course
Graduates of the new Get Fit career-readiness course say they feel empowered and prepared to excel in paid internships this summer through the Durham YouthWork Internship program and Kaboom. READ MORE
Durham Tech program helps former dropouts get back on track for school and career success
Carla Salazar and Salvador Bautista are two of 51 students receiving high school diplomas at the college's 2016 commencement. READ MORE
DPS program prepares 14-15-year-olds for summer internships
Students give the Career and Technical Education-developed training high marks for making them feel more confident about starting their internships and setting them up to be better employees. READ MORE
Summit examines strategies for promoting economic opportunity and mobility
Made in Durham Executive Director Meredythe Holmes and board member David Dodson join 650 leaders in education and workforce development at the inaugural Voice for Opportunity and Economic Mobility Summit. READ MORE
Durham Chamber and Bank of America execs join Made in Durham board
Rick Brown and Geoff Durham join the board of business and community leaders steering the partnership that is creating an education-to-career system for Durham. READ MORE
New Student U chief joins Made in Durham Advisory Team
Alexandra Zagbayou succeeds Dan Kimberg on the advisory team and as executive director at Student U, a college-access organization that offers a pipeline of services to support students through middle school, high school and college. READ MORE
City of Medicine Academy students win top spots in national health professionals competition
Students participated in part thanks to nearly $3,000 raised by area individuals and businesses. READ MORE
In The Media
Half of the high-paying jobs in America now require this skill
MarketWatch | July 1, 2016
If terms like SQL, Python and JavaScript aren't on your radar, employers may not be interested in hiring you. Roughly half of the jobs in the top income quartile are in occupations that commonly require applicants to have at least some computer coding knowledge or skill.
Commerce department says N.C. workforce needs to make up ground on education front
Triangle Business Journal | June 28, 2016
Writer Jason deBruyn reports the N.C. Department of Commerce has called education beyond high school the "new minimum" and is now pushing an educational campaign to encourage high schoolers to enroll in college.
Good Reads
Work-based Learning: Keeping Our Youth on Track
A Made in Durham white paper examines the value and benefits of work-based learning for students, businesses and the community and recommends policies for expanding work-based learning opportunities for Durham youth. READ MORE
Talent Orchestrators: Scaling Youth Employment Through Business-Facing Intermediaries
A U.S. Chamber of Commerce paper says business-facing intermediaries can help companies and communities meet their human capital needs by scaling youth employment initiatives. READ MORE
Made in Durham 2016 Action Plan


Made in Durham
Board of Directors

Victor Dzau, National Academy of Medicine, Chair
Jack Bailey, GlaxoSmithKline, Vice Chair
Anita Brown-Graham, Institute for Emerging Issues, Vice Chair
Al Siemens, FHI Foundation, Treasurer
Andrea Harris, N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development, Secretary

Daryl Atkinson, Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Casey Barr-Rios, Made in Durham Youth Network
Brad Brinegar, McKinney
Rick Brown, Bank of America
David Dodson, MDC
Geoff Durham, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
Martin Eakes, Self-Help
William Fulkerson, Duke University Health System
Jim Goodmon, Capitol Broadcasting Company
Kenneth Hammond, Union Baptist Church
William Ingram, Durham Technical Community College
Samone Oates-Bullock, Made in Durham Youth Network
Elaine O'Neal, N.C. Superior Court Judge
Ed Paradise, Cisco
Ivan Kohar Parra, Durham CAN
Luis Pastor, Latino Community Credit Union
Debra Saunders-White, N.C. Central University
Henry Scherich, Measurement Incorporated
Steven Williams, GLOBAL Ventures of North America LLC
Brad Wilson, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Ex Officio
Tom Bonfield, City of Durham
Wendell Davis, Durham County
Bert L'Homme, Durham Public Schools

Advisory Team

Michael Becketts, Durham County Social Services
Esther Coleman, City of Durham
Drew Cummings, Durham County
Arnold Dennis, Juvenile Justice Institute
Andrea Greene, Achievement Academy of Durham
Tom Jaynes, Durham Technical Community College
Ann Oshel, Alliance Behavioral Healthcare
Jenni Owen, Duke University Center for Child & Family Policy
Gudrun Parmer, Durham County Criminal Justice Resource Center
David Reese, East Durham Children's Initiative
Pilar Rocha-Goldberg, El Centro Hispano
Rick Sheldahl, Durham Public Schools
Pamela Thorpe Young, N.C. Central University
John White, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
Stacey Wilson-Norman, Durham Public Schools
Alexandra Zagbayou, Student U

Executive Director
Meredythe Holmes



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