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Career Readiness Academy deadline extended

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WAKE FOREST ­— The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation is currently accepting applications for the inaugural class of its Career Readiness Academy.

Rising juniors and seniors for the 2019-2020 school year are eligible to apply. Funded through a grant from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the goal is to prepare students to successfully enter the workforce and provide area employers with capable young employees.

High school students attending public, private, or homeschools in Wake Forest, North Raleigh and Northern Wake County are invited to apply. The application deadline has been extended to April 17.

“The academy is an extension of our nationally recognized Youth Leadership Wake Forest program,” said Corey Hutcherson, vice president of community relations for the chamber. “We started with the Youth Leadership curriculum, added financial literacy and job readiness components, and integrated on-the-job internships to round out the program. After completing the academy, students will have a much better understanding of various career options and requirements as well as how to be successful in a workplace.”

The academy requires attendance for one full day per month from September through May. Additionally, every student will complete an internship at a participating business for one semester (either fall or spring). Internship specifics will be determined individually with each business.

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For questions regarding the academy, contact Corey Hutcherson at 919-556-1519 or

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