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Shelby, NC 28150


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Shelby, NC 28150

BEA August 2017 Minutes

Business Education Alliance

August 2017


Cleveland County School’s Advanced Manufacturing Academy

Cleveland County School’s has developed, in partnership with Cleveland Community College and Cleveland County Economic Development, a new Advanced Manufacturing Academy (AMA).   AMA students will be dual enrolled in both high school and community college.  They will take college courses in their field of study and receive college credit through the North Carolina Career and College Promise program.   The first AMA cohort consists of nine students that began classes on August 14 at CCC.  There are four welding students, two machining students, two automation students, and one mission critical.   Amy Dulin with CCC is the Advanced Manufacturing Coordinator.


CCC Lineman Program – There will be twelve students graduating from CCC’s new Utility Lineman program on August 29.


BEA Job Board – The BEA is developing and implementing a new job board for young people.  The idea is to provide a service to local employers in helping to attract young talent to meet their employment needs.  This would be targeted to those positions suited for high school teens.  The job board would be available for employers to advertise any job openings that they would have currently.  This would also be a place for our students to visit to connect with these opportunities.


BEA Rack Card –   A new rack card has been developed for the promotion of the Business Education Alliance.  The group analyzed the designs and discussed the merits of each.  Suggestions were made to enhance the cards.   Additional changes were made base on the recommendations of the members present.  Copies will be printed for distribution around Cleveland County.


Senior Experience Day – A partnership between Cleveland County Schools and Cleveland Community College has developed the fall Senior Experience Day for high school juniors and seniors.  Seniors will be provided sessions in interview skills, resumes, dress for success, and other soft skills.  Seniors and juniors will also be provided an opportunity to participate in the county college fair on that day.


Career Camps – We offered the ClubMed Health Science camp, Network IT camp, and the Advanced Manufacturing camp at Cleveland Community College this past summer.  Students were involved in week long camps in June that highlight their career areas.  Our partners with these camps are Carolinas Healthcare, Gardner-Webb University, Cleveland County Health Department, Disney Data Center, T5 Data Center, and Cleveland Community College.


The next BEA meeting will be held on Thursday September 21 at 11:30 at the Neal Senior Center in Shelby.