March 2016
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Duke Energy Foundation awards $30,000 to alternative school initiative
Duke Energy Foundation district manager Indira Everett (second from left) tours Durham Technical Community College’s Gateway to College alternative school with Made in Durham partners (l-r) Kesha D. Futrell (Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy), Lydia Newman (Made in Durham), Marguerita Best (Gateway to College) and Gayle Erdheim (Achievement Academy). Everett presented a check to support their education-to-career initiative. READ MORE
Durham high school seniors explore career options at career readiness event
Industry partners lead workshops on personal branding and interview skills, offer resume critiques and host booths showcasing career options. READ MORE
Durham Tech forum examines connections between poverty and education
Book Harvest reports on the inaugural Alternative Service Break Day, which featured a lunch discussion between students and leaders of local nonprofits, including Made in Durham. READ MORE
Durham YouthWork Career Passport Stamp events prepare youth for internships
Community groups have teamed with Durham YouthWork Internship Program to offer workshops and events on careers and job skills that earn them “Passport Stamps.” READ MORE
Durham social services and Student U chief executives join Made in Durham advisory team
Durham County Department of Social Services Director Michael Becketts and Student U Executive Director Dan Kimberg join the team of key partners who propose strategies and ensure implementation of Made in Durham’s action plan. READ MORE
Dolan named employer engagement associate for Made in Durham
Jacob Dolan will help faculty and staff at three alternative schools expand career exploration and readiness training for students. READ MORE
Good Reads
7 Tools for Advancing Equity in Education
Striving for Change
Creating the Talent Pipeline of the Future
North Carolina Community College System
In The Media
Why Updating Career Technical Education Must Be a Presidential Priority
Huffington Post | March 14, 2016
Monique Rizer, executive director of Opportunity Nation, outlines 12 action steps the new president can take to increase opportunity in America.
Here’s the Scoop: Why My First Job Mattered
LinkedIn | Feb. 25, 2016
President Barack Obama urges local businesses to create summer job opportunities for young people who need them and extend those opportunities throughout the year.
Four-year college isn't only path to career readiness
USA Today | Jan. 19, 2016
The president of a leading educational institution and CEO of a global financial firm say college and career pathways offer a way out of poverty and real chance at economic opportunity.
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
David Dodson, MDC
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
Machelle Sanders, Biogen
Debra Saunders-White, N.C. Central University
Henry Scherich, Measurement Incorporated
Bill Shore, Durham Chamber of Commerce
Steven Williams, GLOBAL Ventures of North America LLC
Brad Wilson, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Leslie Winner, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

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
Kevin Dick, City of Durham Office of Economic & Workforce Development
Gayle Erdheim, Achievement Academy of Durham
Tom Jaynes, Durham Technical Community College
Dan Kimberg, Student U
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

Executive Director
Meredythe Holmes

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Made in Durham is a community partnership of educators, business, government, nonprofits, youth and young adults mobilized around a shared vision that all of Durham's youth will complete high school and a postsecondary credential and begin a rewarding career by the age of 25.

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