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Second Annual Summer RISE Program Offers Career Exposure for MCPS Students

WorkSource Montgomery, Inc. (WSM) presents the Summer RISE (Real Interesting Summer Experience), an initiative led by WSM in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), that provides rising juniors and seniors with career development experiences.

“Summer RISE is a groundbreaking program unlike any other in the region or state that gave more than 300 students a gateway into the career world last summer,” said WSM CEO Dr. Ellie Giles. “Summer RISE helps ensure we are adequately preparing the next generation for professional success.”

For three weeks, through July 27, Summer RISE students are participating in career opportunities (averaging 20 hours per week) introducing them to the structure of organizations in local industries, workplace norms, and the importance of customer service. Students have participated in professionalism trainings and will earn stipends at the program’s end.

“MCPS is delighted the Summer RISE program introduces our rising juniors and seniors to career options prior to graduating from high school. The more exposure our students get to possible career paths, the better off they will be when deciding what direction to take,” said Superintendent Jack Smith. “We are grateful that our county businesses and organizations take great interest in our youth and community.”

Among the more than 150 hosts participating is MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca. “As an organization we live and breathe science and medicine,” said Steve Bjornson, Vice President of Global Business Planning and Operations. “And, we want to ensure we engage and inspire the next generation of potential scientists. Summer RISE is the perfect opportunity to do so. Last year, we participated in the program and we had a great experience.”

Other notable hosts are: CVS Health, Donohoe Construction Company, Holy Cross Health, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue, Montgomery County Police Department, Henley Construction Company, Marriott International, and Montgomery County Public Schools.