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BEA November 2016 Minutes

Business Education Alliance

Minutes for 11/17/2016


Gragg & Gragg LLC hosted the BEA meeting at their uptown Shelby office.  Thanks to Kathy Moses, Brain Gragg, and Jay Gragg for their support in hosting our meeting.


Certified Pathways – Advanced Manufacturing.  Region C received approval from the NC Department of Commerce that the pathway was approved.  This is the first certified pathway for our region.  The idea of the pathway is to provide a streamlined approach for high school students, dislocated workers, manufacturing employees, etc. to skill up and enter the manufacturing sector. This has been a partnership that includes Region C Workforce Development Board, Cleveland Community College, Isothermal Community College, McDowell Technical Community College, all four K-12 Public School Systems in the region, Western Carolina University, business and industry leaders, and NC State agencies.  Healthcare will be the next pathway the group will be developing.


BEA brochure – two drafts were presented to the group of an updated BEA brochure.  The group analyzed both drafts and discussed the merits of each.  Suggestions were made to enhance the brochures.   Additional changes will be made base on the recommendations of the members present.  New copies will be presented at the January meeting for recommendations.


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.


“Making it Work” Manufacturing and Engineering Day is December 1 at the LeGrand Center.   There will be approximately 250 high school students from Cleveland and Rutherford counties participating.  The event will include manufacturing tours, a business showcase, engineering competition sponsored by NCSU, and presentations from local engineers and manufacturing people.  We have tours scheduled at Metal Works, Schletter, Greenheck KM and Shelby, Albemarle, and Kendrion.


Energy Camp and Academy – We are continuing to meet and develop an energy sector academy and camp with the City of Kings Mountain and the City of Shelby.  Ken Mooney and Bruce Mack from CCC are developing a training program for linemen and other technicians.  We are looking to develop a summer camp in 2017 to promote these energy careers.


The next BEA meeting will be held on Thursday January 19 at 11:30 at the Neal Senior Center in Shelby.