Connecting educators with business leaders to create possibilities for students

WakeEd’s Link program brings businesses together with educators to create possibilities for students. 

Each year, business, nonprofit, and government leaders are paired with Wake County Public Schools. WakeEd collaborates with the Wake County Public School System to match educational needs with business time and talent resources. During focused networking sessions, participants work together to bring innovative classroom and school-wide projects to life – projects that enrich student learning for years to come.

Link was created to help students meet the challenges of a fast-paced, dynamic world.

“If you look at history, innovation doesn’t just come from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect.”

-Steven Johnson | Author, Where Good Ideas Come From and Mind Wide Open

World Cafe

Link evolved from WakeEd’s annual World Cafe event, which paired Wake County educators with businesses for focused networking sessions. Educators participated in two 30-minute rounds of networking with business and community leaders to explore ways to collaborate on classroom or school-wide projects. Four schools also had the opportunity to “pitch” their innovative project ideas to a panel of judges to receive funding.

Link 2018

At Link 2018, hosted by Duke Energy, several Wake County schools were paired with local companies to create possibilites for students. Although Link partnerships begin at the launch event, they will continue to make a difference in Wake County classrooms throughout the year. Click to See What Happened

Athens Drive Magnet High School

Sophomores in Athens Drive’s STEM Academy address global social issues through community service and a presentation at their annual school symposium. With support from industry mentors, students will have a greater understanding of how and why STEM-field companies make social responsibility a priority.


Brentwood Magnet Elementary School

Bugg Magnet Elementary School

East Wake Middle School

Green Magnet Elementary School

Stough Magnet Elementary School

Vernon Malone College and Career Academy

Wiley Magnet Elementary School