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This program would not be possible without the partnership and support of area businesses, industry, the McDowell County Chamber of Commerce, McDowell Technical Community College, and McDowell County Schools.

Career Awareness Readiness Program (CARP) is designed to raise students’ level of awareness of career opportunities in McDowell County.

Twenty-four eighth-graders from each of the three middle schools are selected through an application process. The selected eighth-graders participating in CARP will learn not just about careers, but also about their own skills and how those skills relate to the world of work.

By the end of the program, each student will be able to identify career opportunities and the education required to pursue those careers. Students will also write their first resume and gain valuable experience by participating in a mock job interview.

This program would not be possible without the partnership and support of area businesses, industry, the McDowell County Chamber of Commerce, McDowell Technical Community College, and McDowell County Schools.

They meet monthly and take students off campus to tour various businesses throughout the county. This year we are also partnering with Nebo Crossing School by incorporating the Amazing Shake into this program.

The Amazing Shake is a three-day competition held in Atlanta, Georgia that puts focus on teaching students manners, discipline, respect and professional conduct. Students are taught the skills of professional human interaction such as how to give a proper handshake, how to “work a room”, how to give a successful interview and how to remain composed under pressure. The goal is to prepare students so they are able to present themselves for opportunities now and for ones in the future.

The Amazing Shake National Competition is open to any student in the fifth through eighth grade. Schools are encouraged to have their own local Amazing Shake competitions and to send their top performers to nationals.

Columbia Forest Products has graciously donated money for each of our 24 CARP students to compete in the first few rounds of the Amazing Shake. The McDowell Chamber of Commerce is also one of our sponsors.

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