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Workforce Development: The Key for Developing our Future Workforce

On Shore FactsNewton-Conover Schools has partnered with Catawba County Schools and Hickory Public Schools to expand opportunities for all students in the area of workforce development.  The On Shoring Facts listed on the left along with the facts that this region is the second largest in manufacturing in the metropolitan Southeast and the largest for German manufacturing in the country are evidence that our students will have tremendous opportunities for well-paying jobs in Catawba County.   According to the International Center for Leadership in Education, only 20% of students who enter a four-year college actually graduate.  Catawba County Economic Development Corporation reports that only 16.2% of Catawba County’s workforce has a bachelor’s degree and only 6.2% has a graduate or professional degree.  Work-based learning is the new pathway to prosperity, and the Career/Technical Education Directors for the three systems will work together to make career and technical education in Catawba County a tremendous opportunity for any student who wants to enter this growing workforce.

About Julia Styers

Julia Styers is the Director of Secondary Education, Career and Technical Education, and Student Services for Newton-Conover City Schools. Julia began teaching math at Newton-Conover High School in 1983. She became Assistant Principal at N-CHS in 2004 and served as Principal of South Newton Elementary School from 2010 - 2015. She was N-CHS Teacher of the Year and the recipient of the Ben Craig Educator of the Year for Catawba County in 2003. She was the NCCS Principal of the Year in 2011 and 2014. Julia received her Bachelors of Science in Secondary Mathematics from Lenoir Rhyne College and her Masters of School Administration from Appalachian State University. She and her husband Mike are the proud parents of Brandon, Ashley, Julianne, Jason, and Jonathan and grandparents of Rylee, Nicholas, Wesson, and Beau.

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