According to LNED Economic Development Coordinator Haley Frazier, who partnered with agency Executive Director Ryan McDaniels to organize the event, the day-long tour in early February was designed to provide school administrators and career training teachers a close-up look at modern manufacturing operations and the multitude of career paths industries offer for the future workforce.
The event was the first tour in a program LNED hopes will expand to include more chances for local industrial and education collaboration. It attracted administrators from Bradley Middle School and Blythe Elementary, several staff members from Hopewell High School and representatives from other Career and Technical Education programs provided by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
The goal, Frazier said, was to give educators the chance to meet manufacturers, see the facilities, learn about the types of jobs local companies offer and the skill set young people will need to prepare for specific careers. The presentations also gave educators a preview of the compensation and benefits affiliated with various jobs to share with their students..