Sharpen Your Skills.

Explore Your Future.

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Program Highlights


Sharpen Your Skills

  • Explore your talents
  • Apply your skills in innovative ways
  • Develop your own passion project

Explore Your Future

  • Partner with local business professionals
  • Gain real world experience
  • Discover new paths for your future

Program Overview

Dukes Discover is a program that allows CuCPS students to explore their talents and career possibilities prior to high school graduation. This innovative program partners students with local businesses as they discover their skills, strengths and passions.

Dukes Discover offers an opportunity for students to demonstrate to future employers or higher education institutions specialized knowledge and competency in in-demand skills. These 21st Century Skills have been defined as creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and citizenship.

Dukes Discover is open to high school students at Cumberland County Public Schools. Eligible business partners are any businesses willing to invest time to develop burgeoning talent.

Students enroll in the Dukes Discover course where they learn about the five core competencies. In the span of a year, students select competencies and design (independently) and implement (in collaboration with a business) a project that fulfills the Dukes Discover project requirements. Upon successful project completion, students will earn badges which will serve as a credential that employers and higher education institutions will recognize and value as a part of the student’s resume and transcript.

How It Works

Student Application

Are you a student interested in enrolling in Dukes Discover? Apply here.

Business Partners

Are you a business owner interested in collaborating with a student in the Dukes Discover program? Contact us for more information.


Kathryn Garrett
Career Development Specialist


Dukes Discover Citizenship Badge
Dukes Discover Collaboration Badge
Dukes Discover Communication Badge
Dukes Discover Creativity Badge
Dukes Discover Critical Thinking Badge