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27 Wayne County Public Schools (WCPS) is the 21st largest school district in North Carolina (out of 115). The district serves approximately 18,500 students across 32 schools, and employs more than 3,000 people annually. WCPS offers a variety of programs, from high-quality academic courses and athletic opportunities to technology and cultural events that help motivate and excite students to become 21st Century learners. WCPS is working diligently to produce competent, technologically proficient students who can succeed as employees in the global technology industry, an industry our country needs to be strong in order to stay competitive in the global market. Through the WCPS Career and Technical Education program, middle and high schools are integrating project-based classes and hands-on experiences to teach students key elements and skills needed in essential career fields. Additionally, digital teaching and learning efforts in traditional classrooms are exposing students to some of the same mobile technology devices currently being used in today's workplaces. Through a collaborative partnership with Wayne Community College, WCPS students have the opportunity to take part in college classes and take advantage of myriad college-level course offerings. Additionally, WCC administers WorkKeys assessments to hundreds of WCPS high school juniors and seniors to ensure they have the skills to compete in global markets and to meet local workforce demands. In addition to a strong academic curriculum, students are being exposed to visual arts, performing arts, and foreign PROFILE: WAYNE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WAGES: LEARNING, SERVICE, COMMUNITY Do you know a child in Head Start? Have you helped deliver Meals on Wheels? Does someone you know have a Senior Companion? Have you seen a weatherization crew blowing insulation in a home? ALL of this, and more, is WAGES! For half a decade, WAGES Community Action Agency has been making a difference in Wayne County. Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency, Inc. (WAGES) is a local non-profit which administers human service programs. WAGES was chartered in 1965 with the mission to mobilize countywide resources to combat poverty. WAGES supports the youngest to the oldest members of our community. WAGES serves young children and families through Head Start, Early Head Start and Wayne County First eduCation Steps. Meals on Wheels and Congregate Meals provide nutritious meals and social contact. Senior volunteers make a difference through the Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions programs. CSBG Self-Sufficiency helps individuals move out of poverty by providing education and job training support. The Weatherization Program reduces the energy burden in homes of low-income families. WAGES is celebrating 50 years of quality service and continues to be dedicated to changing lives, mobilizing resources and improving the community. To make an impact in Wayne County, become a part of the diverse programs provided by WAGES Community Action Agency. For information on program services and volunteer opportunities call WAGES at (919) 734-1178. language programs. Numerous club offerings, extra-curricular programs, and service organizations rooted in volunteerism are also available for students, as well as more than 270 middle and high school athletic teams, district-wide. As a result of our student efforts at school, home, and in the community, our graduates are able to demonstrate that hard work does pay off with millions of dollars in grants and scholarships awarded to Wayne County high school graduates annually. 919-731-5900 | 2017 Windows of Wayne.indd 27 12/13/16 7:32 PM

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