Catawba Valley Community College partners with the NC Department of Labor and furniture manufacturers in our area to offer an apprenticeship program for high school juniors and seniors. The program known as “Students of Furniture Apprenticeship” or “SOFA” provides opportunities for students to learn a craft that is needed by local employers while earning as much as $30 per hour once they become a fully trained craftsman. SOFA students will work in a highly skilled environment in modern, climate controlled facilities for one of the 6 top 25 furniture manufacturers in the area. For more information, students may contact Matt Wilkinson, Career Development Coordinator at Newton-Conover High School.
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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