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Newton-Conover 8th Graders Attend STEM Tour

hard hatsNewton-Conover Middle School eighth-graders along with their principal, teachers, and other staff, attended an Extreme STEM Tour on November 14.  STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  The tour, coordinated by Tracy Hall, Catawba Valley Community College, and the Education Matters initiative, is an opportunity for students to visit businesses and industry that are rich in STEM occupations.   Students visited the sites of ZF Lemforder, Manufacturing Solutions, Catawba County Emergency Medical Services, Technibilt and Arcelor Mittal.  They also visited CVCC around lunch time to tour the campus and see additional STEM demonstrations on the campus while learning of opportunities to get education in the areas that these businesses offer.

Each of the business tours included an opportunity for the students to see what different jobs require and also to ask about the potential income they could expect if they chose to pursue that job area.  Students and teachers alike were very happy to be on the tour and said they had… “no idea the business existed or that there were jobs out there like that in our county.”  This tour is provided to give students as eighth graders an opportunity to begin thinking about their future career before entering high school.  This will help them to choose courses in the area that will direct them to jobs or college when they graduate and pursue their goals.

Bill Long

Director of High School Programs, CTE and Student Services

About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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