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Lake Norman Economic Development Introduces Journey 360 Event

by Lake Norman Economic Development

In conjunction with the Lake Norman Education Collaborative, Lake Norman Economic Development coordinated its first Journey 360 manufacturing event for Hopewell, Hough, and North Mecklenburg high schools.

60 individuals were introduced to three different manufacturing environments: Kurz USA, Pester Pac Automation, and Poly-Tech Industrial. At each location, students toured the facility and met with representatives from HR, sales, marketing, leadership, IT, and technicians to better understand the holistic view of manufacturing.

“What an amazing experience for high school students to have the opportunity to investigate their career options!” said Melinda Bales, Town of Huntersville Mayor and co-chair of the Collaborative. “We are truly blessed in Huntersville to have such incredible business partners that see the value of investing in our students. Journey 360 was a slam dunk for all that participated.”

After panel discussions at all three manufacturing environments, students were able to tour and have a similar discussion with Central Piedmont Community College, where students learned about programs that can advance their future career.

LNED and the Collaborative met with the Career and Technical Education (CTE) coordinators for all three high schools to identify students who are looking for career opportunities after high school.

“Our world depends on manufacturing and it was fun watching the light bulb go off in the minds of students who may entering the workforce within a year or two.”

said Elizabeth Underwood, LNED Workforce Development Manager. “Journey 360 is an opportunity to show students what is made right in their backyards and how many departments it takes to run these companies successfully.”


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