RISE Program That Provides Connections Between High School Students and Employers Concludes Another Successful Summer

Per Montgomery County:
Summer RISE, an initiative led by the Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) Partnerships Unit in collaboration with businesses, government agencies, higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations, has concluded another successful season. Through RISE, approximately 700 MCPS students who will be juniors and seniors participated in career-based learning opportunities during the summer. Two even had a chance to interview County Executive Marc Elrich for a communications assignment.
Students had the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning opportunities related to their field of interest.

The program ran for four weeks, from July 5-29. Each student had a minimum of 50 hours of either in-person, virtual or a combination of the two experiences.

Among the experiences RISE participants were exposed to this summer were:

  • Organizational structures and how an organization functions.
  • Employer expectations in a typical workplace environment.
  • Career options, starting salaries, degrees, certifications or experiences required in a specific field.
  • Professional and transferable technical skills determined by the business community.
  • Technical and professional transferable skills that apply to any job.

As part of their programs, two Summer RISE students had the opportunity to interview County Executive Elrich as one of their assignments in the County Executive’s Office.

Sophia Stern from Blair High School in Silver Spring and Timaya Pulliam from Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring each spent their RISE experiences shadowing the County’s communications staff. They learned about media relations, speechwriting, issues management and social media.

Sophia’s interview with the County Executive can be viewed at https://youtu.be/6VH-Vmxwctc.

Timaya’s interview with the County Executive can be viewed at https://youtu.be/Qc-f5qEay7c.

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Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

www.dayofthebook.com

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

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