Big changes are coming to NCMS in the next few months! On and February 27, NCMS teachers and administrators will have a first-hand opportunity to learn more about why NCMS is becoming a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) school and how this conceptual shift will benefit our students, our community, and families. NCMS principal Kim Kaylor has been working collaboratively with Tracy Hall, Director of Education Matters in the Catawba Valley, to plan a full-day of touring local STEM businesses and industries. Mrs. Hall has connected the school to businesses and industries in our area.
Right here in Catawba County, there are currently over 3000 manufacturing jobs available, and employers are looking for skilled workers. These jobs pay from $14-$28 per hour, and many do not require four-year degrees. By providing teachers the opportunity to see what types of skills students need, we can craft learning opportunities around both our curriculum and these skills. Many of the jobs that are available today did not exist just a few years ago, so having the opportunity for teachers to see what these jobs are like will help them support our students and ensure they are future-ready.
NCMS staff will tour the following businesses and industries:
- Corning Cable Systems
- HSM Solutions
- Conover Station/Manufacturing Solutions Center
- Catawba Valley Community College Valley Sim Hospital
To learn more about the STEM initiative at NCMS, contact Kim Kaylor at NCMS – 828.464.4221.