• Wendy Gressett

    Career Development Coordinator

    wgressett@wcpss.net | Moore Square Career Development and Community Engagement Website

    (919) 664-5737 ext. 26641

    Gressett

     

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    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. Click here to find out more!                                       

    Moore Square Business Alliance Members 2021-2022

     

    Albert Alwang-  Wake Economic Development

    Kevin Bockenbrough-  BCBS NC

    Sarita Broadway- CFNC

    Brittany Carlson- Artspace

    Brandi Clark- Barak Financial Services LLC

    Tonya Coachman- UPS

    Alex Collier- Mirth Works LLC

    Ali Daniels- SECU

    Mitzi Downing- NC State University

    Warren Dunshee- Entercom (Co-Chair)

    Frank Fee- Advanced Animal Diagnostics, Inc

    Amanda Fletcher- Moore Square Park

    Serena Flood- Kymanox

    Zahira Floyd- Red Hat

    Jen Foster- Self Employed

    Robert Gilchrist- Gilchrist Safety Solution, LLC

    Wendy Gressett- Moore Square Career Development Coordinator

    Steve Hess- NEMA

    Adonya Hood- Raleigh Moms Blog

    Ellie Johnson- Red Hat

    Chris Kirk- US Army

    Jenna Kostka- Moore Square Park

    Heather Lee- Icon Clinical Research

    Kimla Lee- Red Hat

    Nicole Loeffler- Weatherspoon and Voltz LLC

    Heather Marks- Heather Marks Consulting (Co-Chair)

    Alison Medlin- NC State University

    Julie Miller- Wake County Gov’t, Duke, Tech Private Consulting 

    Hector Molina- ECU

    Jessica Moran- CPA


    Brett Morris- Artspace

    Jason Myers- City of Raleigh

    Frank Preugschat- Self employed

    Megan Raby- COR Museum and M.T. Pope Museum

    Kim Saguinsin- Warrior Tech OCR

    Tom Shannon-  Epic Games

    Lauren Shepard- Moore Square Magnet Coordinator

    Syreeta Smith- WCPSS Early Childhood

    Bernette Stivers- NC Inaugural Ball Sponsorship Chair

    Shenette Swann- Marbles Kids Museum

    Alice Tate- NCNMS

    Amy Taylor SECU

    Leslie Taylor- Moore Square Principal

    Brandy Thompson- Clearscapes

    Whitney White- NC State University 

    Grayson Williams- Red Hat