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For Immediate Release

03.21.2012

Champions of Education Features NCSU's Dr. Bottomley

 

Nearly 200 community leaders attended the quarterly Catawba Valley Champions of Education breakfast update.

An initiative operated by Catawba Valley Community College, Champions of Education promotes the value of education and its link to economic prosperity. Sponsored by Appalachian State University, the breakfast focused on STEM (science, technology, education and math) education.

Dr. Laura Bottomley, director of Women in Engineering and K-12 Outreach for North Carolina State University’s School of Engineering, served as guest speaker.

Attendees learned more about the Extreme STEM Tour ’12 initiative recently coordinated by Education Matters, a CVCC initiative. Designed to expose eighth graders in the Catawba County Schools to STEM careers in area businesses, the students toured local business and industry and college classrooms at CVCC where they can gain skills for those careers. The project was grant funded by GoldenLeaf Foundation and Duke University’s Project Lead the Way program.

Businesses that participated in the Extreme STEM Tour ’12 include Benco Steel, Catawba County EcoComplex, Catawba Valley Medical Center, Century Furniture, Charlotte Charter Jet, Commercial Fabricators, Corning Cable Systems, Duke Energy, Ethan Allen, Flowers Baking Co. of Newton, Frye Regional Medical Center, General Dynamics, GKN Driveline, Graystone Eye, Hickory Business Furniture, IFH, LEE Industries, National Guard Armory, NC Center for Engineering Technologies, Sarstedt, Shurtape Technologies, Turbocoating, Vanguard Furniture and von Drehle Corporation.

COE director Lamar Mitchell announced that Appalachian State University has more than 200 applications for its upcoming Future Engineers summer camps for 169 slots. Quarterly breakfast meetings keep the community informed about regional education issues, needs and progress.

To sponsor an upcoming breakfast, contact Mitchell at 828-327-7000 ext. 4709, lmitchell@cvcc.edu.

Pictured is Dr. Laura Bottomley, director of Women in Engineering and K-12 Outreach for North Carolina State University’s School of Engineering. Photo courtesy of Pat Appleson.





 
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