Catawba Valley Community College is currently accepting applicants for the next session of its highly successful 10-week Manufacturing Academy.
The training prepares participants for a career in the local manufacturing industry. Program content was developed by 25 local companies to teach core knowledge and work skills most desired by local manufacturers. More Text
A lesson in how to start a business plan led to a CVCC and Challenger Early College High School student team being selected as a finalist for Catawba County Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Edison Project. The youngest team of contestants that have ever entered the competition, they are all under the age of 20.
Last year, a small group of Challenger High School students wanted to learn about business and consider different types of businesses for their future. They began meeting on a regular basis as an unofficial school club to discuss different ideas.
Later last school year, Dr. Heather Benfield, Challenger principal; Gary Muller, CVCC’s Dean of the School of Business, Industry & Technology; and Jeff Neuville, CVCC Small Business Center Director began discussing the possibility of offering a Shark Tank type activity for Challenger. The idea took flight.
Neuville and Muller coached students Will Adkins, Nick Joyner, Sean Wilson and Blake Shook to the point where they decided to enter the competition. They did so well that they progressed to CVCC’s High School Shark Tank competition last May where they finished third.
Instead of spending their winnings of $200, they donated it back to Challenger High School as a way of thanking Dr. Benfield and the school for their support.
Team members Will Adkins, Nick Joyner, Sean Wilson and Blake Shook elected to participate in the North Carolina SkillsUSA Entrepreneurship competition refining their business idea for “Skillbuilder.” Their efforts were rewarded with a gold medal, which made them eligible for SkillsUSA National Competition.
The team continued to refine their business plan for national competition and added another member, Johnny Vang. They did extensive research on their “Skillbuilder” concept spending many hours with Muller, Neuville, and Byron Hicks, director of the North Carolina Small Business Technology Development Corporation for the national SkillsUSA competition. They were rewarded again by finishing eighth in the nation.
The national win motivated the team to enter the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce’s Edison Project this fall. The team made it to the final round of competition giving an energetic presentation to the judges and audience of 150 people in CVCC’s East Wing Auditorium.
The Edison Project Final Competition kicked off Global Entrepreneurship Week which included many activities at both Lenoir-Rhyne University and CVCC.
The CVCC team will be defending their state championship at the 2016 SkillsUSA competition next spring.
Axjo America plans to invest $11.1 million and create 14 new jobs at a new manufacturing facility in Conover. The company expects to consolidate two current facilities into the new location.
ARC Announces $400,000 Investment to Provide Equipment and Support for North Carolina’s Textile Industry
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced $300,000 in grants to purchase state-of-the-art equipment and provide support for production facilities in Western North Carolina’s textile industry. The investments, issued in the form of two grants, will allot $200,000 to the Manufacturing Solutions Center, More Text
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