Published On: Sun, Jul 5th, 2015

Business Development Board, School District Partner for Take a Student to Work Day on May 26

The Business Development Board and the Palm Beach County School District have added a new alternative to the nationwide Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day celebrated every year across the country. The new program, called “Take a Student to Work Day” is scheduled for May 26.

The School District is still holding its annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” event the same day, May 26. Parents are encouraged to bring their children of all ages to work with them.

The Business Development Board’s Branding and Marketing Education Task Force created Take a Student to Work Day so high school students could gain knowledge about the top-tier employment opportunities that are available in Palm Beach County. “It’s important that students are able to see first-hand that there are many great career opportunities here,” said Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. “We want our best and brightest students to remain in Palm Beach County.”

Public and private businesses are encouraged to volunteer to host a student for a day of job shadowing. The Business Development Board is particularly looking for businesses within the county’s booming industry clusters including agribusiness, aviation, aerospace, engineering , business and financial services, distribution and logistics, clean technology, healthcare, information technology, biotechnology and manufacturing. Businesses who are interested in participating are urged to contact Allie Amelio at aamelio@bdb.org.

So far several major local businesses have already volunteered to host a student including the Glidden Spina Partners Architects, The O’Donnell Agency, the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Lockheed Martin, Biotools, Inc., NCCI, Holdings Inc., BDO, DePuy Synthes Power Tools, JFK Medical Center, Aerojet Rocketdyne, JP Morgan and Wellington Regional Medical Center.

The Business Development Board will notify participating businesses by Tuesday, May 19 whether a student has been placed with their company and give them some guidelines for the day. Students will not receive service credits towards graduation from the school district for participation but they will receive an excused absence from school if they provide a note in advance advising the school of their participation in the program.

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