United Way of Williamson County has partnered with Hernandez Middle School in Round Rock ISD to coordinate the 3rd annual What Will IB? Day on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.
On this day, 750 6th – 8th-grade students will visit employers to get a first-hand glimpse of what local careers and educational opportunities are available to them. This event will provide students attending this Title I campus an opportunity to experience and envision themselves in careers that are not part of their everyday environment. Instead of bringing professionals into the school to talk about their career or talk about what it takes to be successful, this event will allow traditionally underserved or marginalized students to imagine themselves in that career. For example, this event will allow typically underrepresented female students to explore science, technology or STEM careers, or provide motivation for students experiencing significant achievement gaps in literacy or math with motivation and options for having a successful career. As middle school students are tasked with making academic choices that will guide their high school academic track, this opportunity can help them identify career pathways that can ultimately lead to success.
This partnership with Hernandez Middle School and Round Rock ISD is a direct result of United Way of Williamson County's commitment to helping all students succeed in school and life.
We are currently recruiting host companies for the What Will IB? Day. Students will be at your workplace for 2-3 hours where they would tour the work environment, participate in activities (if possible), talk to a variety of employees about their jobs, and have the opportunity to ask questions. Groups can range from 5 - 50 or more students and will be bussed to and from your location. Our staff will work with your company to organize age-appropriate activities and presentations tailored to middle school students.