Cleveland County Schools
400 W. Marion St.
Shelby, NC 28150


Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce
200 S. Lafayette St.
Shelby, NC 28150

BEA Minutes – February 2017

Business Education Alliance

Minutes for 2/16/2017

BEA meeting was held at the Neal Senior Center in Shelby.  We had twelve participants.


Bill Watson, Chamber President, shared chamber updates with us about the Clearwater Paper announcement of 180 new jobs and the Annual Chamber Awards Banquet.

He stated there was a great article in the Hendersonville, NC paper about local industries reaching out to eighth grade students in the local school system.


Students@Work Event – This event will be held the week of March 22 – 31.  It is designed to provide work-based learning opportunities for middle school students.  This would be a day for students to job shadow local business people.  There are opportunities to shadow in any career area.  We are recruiting local businesses to participate.  Bill Watson said he would send out information to chamber members.


Cleveland County Advanced Manufacturing Academy – Cleveland County Schools and Cleveland Community College have teamed up to develop a local manufacturing academy.  The academy would be for rising high school juniors in an effort to meet local employment needs.  Students would enroll at the Cleveland Early College High School on the CCC Campus next fall.  They would continue to take high school core classes in English, math, history, and science.  They would also take college courses in a technical area at CCC as well.  Areas would include Automation Tech, CNC Machining, Facility Maintenance, Industrial Systems, Mission Critical Tech, and Welding.  Students would graduate high school with a NC High School diploma and a CCC diploma in a technical area.  Students would have an opportunity for work-based learning through CCC and local businesses.


BEA Rack Card –   Additional drafts were presented to the group of a new BEA rack card.  The group analyzed the designs and discussed the merits of each.  Suggestions were made to enhance the cards.   Additional changes will be made base on the recommendations of the members present.  New copies will be presented at the March meeting for recommendations.


Fluid Power Challenge – We have seven middle school teams that will compete in this year’s Fluid Power Challenge.  Teams will use engineering and pneumatic power skills to design and build a machine.  Teams completed a workshop day in February and will work to develop a plan for the challenge in May.


CCC Lineman Program – CCC is developing a utility lineman training program on their campus beginning this summer.  The training will be ten weeks in length and provide a basic foundation for people interested in entering this industry.


The next BEA meeting will be held on Thursday March 16 at 11:30 at the Neal Senior Center in Shelby.