• Mary-Kathryn Connor

    Career Development Coordinator

    mconnor@wcpss.net | 919-856-8207

     

    All students, whether college-bound or workforce-bound, are more likely to succeed academically if they see a direct correlation between their course work and their future beyond school.  Providing this correlation is one of the most important responsibilities of a Career Development Coordinator.   

    WHAT IS  SCHOOL-TO-CAREER?

    School-to-Career (STC) is an initiative and a philosophy. It is a method of delivering curriculum to our students that links classroom knowledge to real life.  Students learn better when information is made relevant, and STC ensures that relevancy occurs by linking schoolwork to workplace realities.   School-to-Career links the world of school to the world of work by supporting school-based activities such as classroom speakers, mentors, soft-skills presentations, and real-world activities and by infusing these into the Common Core through collaboration between members of the business community and classroom teachers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

    WHAT IS A CAREER DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR?

    The Career Development Coordinator is responsible for:

    • Providing career development services for all students
    • Facilitating a network of parents, business professionals, college/university educators, and community organizations
    • Supporting students’ transition to high school                                                                                                                                                               

    WHAT DOES THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR DO FOR STUDENTS?

    • The Career Development Coordinator provides a number of career-related experiences for students, including:
    • Job Shadow Opportunities—Enabling students to be present in a “real world” job site, personally witnessing the connection between classroom and career
    • Guest Speakers—Providing students the opportunity to hear from an individual in a specific field (their career of interest) discuss the aspects of their work.
    • Field Trips—Exposing students to the real world of work, reinforcing what is being taught in their classroom.
    • Interest Inventories—Assessing students on what careers best fit them, as well as providing opportunities to learn about careers unfamiliar to them
    • Career Fairs—Introducing students to a wide variety of real world professions and professionals.
    • Tutors/Mentors—Pairing students with members of the Business Alliance for career and academic support
    • Service Learning Opportunities-  Integrating meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities                                                                                                                                                          

    WHAT IS BUSINESS ALLIANCE?

    Moore Square Business Alliance is a collaboration of business, community, and school leaders committed to educating each student to be a responsible and productive citizen who can effectively manage future challenges.  Through the support, dedication and commitment of our volunteers, we are able to provide a variety of opportunities to our students that help them understand the skills needed to become successful in their future.                                        

    Moore Square Business Alliance Members

    Karen Bass

    William Peace University

    Machon Banks

    IBM

       

     Alexandria J. Bergman

    Alex J. Bergman Wellness

     Sarita Broadway

    Wake County Economic Development

       

      Ashley Cagle

    Wake County Economic Development

    Tonya Coachman

    UPS

       

    Evan Covington Chavez

    Capitol Broadcasting Co.

    Mary-Kathryn Connor

    Moore Square Magnet Middle School

       

    Randy Earl

    Atlantic BT 

     
    Kellie Ford
     
    S & ME Inc.  
      
       

    Michael Gottlieb

    Oracle

    Amanda R. Hale

    North Carolina State University  

       

    Nona Hardy

    Moore Square Magnet Middle School

    Kimberly Hinton

    NC Department of Transportation

       

    Dr. Jackie Jordan

    Moore Square Magnet Middle School

    Angela Lombardi

    Artspace

       

    Andrea Osborne

    Capitol Broadcasting Co.

    Travis Park

    North Carolina State University

       

    Christine Peterson

    Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice

    Natalie Peterson

    Former Health Care Executive 

       

    Jennifer Wilder

    Wake Med Physician Practices

    Lisa Wood

    Artist/Designer