Next Generation Scholars Tour Local Businesses


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In January, nearly 50 sophomores from Colonel Richardson and North Caroline High Schools visited local businesses to gain career insights and inspiration. The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education designed the day-long Career Tour for students with a demonstrated financial need who participate in the Next Generation Scholars program.

The 10th graders visited Benedictine, Tanglewood Conservatories, Choptank Community Health System, Choptank Transport, Maryland Plastics, and Crystal Steel Fabricators, Inc. They toured facilities as well as learned about education requirements and what occurs during a typical workday. They also heard from and spoke directly with professionals about their industry.

Student responses from a post-tour survey reveal:

  • 98% agreed or strongly agreed they learned the importance of one’s education and how it applies to one’s career.
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed they are inspired and motivated to continue focusing on their studies as a Next Generation Scholar.
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed they learned something new at each stop along the tour.

About Next Generation Scholars
For more than 25 years, MBRT has been connecting the business community with local schools through programs like its Maryland Scholars Speakers Bureau and STEM Specialists in the Classroom. In 2017, MBRT added the Next Generation Scholars program, which provides funding through the Howard P. Rawlings Maryland Guaranteed Access Grant, administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). The Guaranteed Access Grant provides an award that will help cover the cost of full-time study at a Maryland college or university for low-income families.

MBRT currently serves more than 2,300 students in 12 middle and high schools across five Maryland counties. The organization is one of several that partner with leadership and school counselors at select schools throughout the state to provide grade-specific services to ensure that students eligible for Next Generation Scholars graduate ready for their next steps in college, career and life. MBRT coordinators help students and parents understand that college is an option for everyone while bridging the knowledge gap that exists for many families about college and their chosen career paths.

About Maryland Business Roundtable
Founded in 1992, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) is a coalition of leading employers that have made a long-term commitment to support education reform and improve student achievement in Maryland. MBRT is the catalyst for business, government and education to drive high student achievement that ensures a competitive future workforce for a world-class economy.