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BEA October 2016 Minutes

Business Education Alliance

Minutes for 10/20/2016


Schletter Inc. hosted the BEA meeting at the Shelby facility.  Thanks to Christoph Hackner and Allison Gragg for their support in hosting our meeting.


Certified Pathways – Advanced Manufacturing.  The documentation has been submitted to the NC Department of Commerce for their approval.  We do hope to have feedback from the state by December.  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.


BEA brochure – a draft copy of an updated BEA brochure was shared with the group and feedback was provided by the members.  An updated and more professional draft copy of the brochure will be provided at the November meeting.  The idea to develop a one page front and back card rack brochure was decided.  Ronda Branch from Shelby High School will provide a few additional designs for November.


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.

October  7 was National Manufacturing Day.  We had students from our local middle schools visit some local manufacturing businesses. Clearwater Paper hosted Shelby Middle School; Southeastern Container hosted Kings Mountain Middle School; and Metal Works hosted Crest Middle School.

We were provided a tour of the Schletter, Inc. facility after the meeting.

The next BEA meeting will be held on Thursday November 17 at 11:30.  Gragg and Gragg Financial will be hosting our meeting.  They are located on the Shelby Court Square.