Apprenticeship Catawba was selected by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education as a model program that bridges secondary CTE and apprenticeship programs . Nine school districts across the nation were chosen for the study titled, “Potential Role of Secondary Career and Technical Education Programs in Preparing Students for Apprenticeship Programs.” Newton-Conover partners with Hickory Public Schools, Alexander County Schools, Catawba County Schools, Catawba Valley Community College, and 7 local manufacturers for the Apprenticeship Catawba program. A member of the National Career Technical Education Foundation (NCTEF), visited Newton-Conover High School and Bandys High School to gather information that will contribute to the development of a synthesis report highlighting the opportunities and challenges of connecting secondary CTE programs with apprenticeships, as well as technical assistance tools and resources for state and local leaders to use to improve and align existing and new CTE apprenticeship programs. Click here for more information regarding Apprenticeship Catawba.
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.