Due to changes in construction deadlines, the first day of class for students enrolled in the Caldwell Early College High School and the Caldwell County Middle College High School is Thursday.
Details: 828-759-4636 or 828-759-4640.
Seven aspiring engineers from Catawba County Schools spent a week this summer learning about energy-related careers at Duke Energy Corp.'s Science, Energy, Engineering, Environmental and Computer Careers Internship Program.
In June, students Bong Chang, Caitlin DeGroat, Bradley Hatley, Trey Huguley, Ashley Kale and Stephanie Salmeron participated in a weeklong seminar at Marshall Steam Station. They explored energy-related careers, including nuclear, mechanical, electrical, civil, computer, and environmental engineering, directly from Duke's engineering staff. They were also treated to a presentation about environmental testing by Duke's biologists.
The students toured Marshall Steam Station, Cowan's Ford Dam, Lincoln Combustion-Turbine Plant, Murray's Mill and McGuire Nuclear Station's Energy Explorium.
The internship concluded with 35 hours of job shadowing in an engineering area of the student's choice.
Local students recently spent a week helping businesses solve real-world problems through the Catawba Science Center's Critical Thinking Institute.
Students Jack Shannon, James Collette and Kevin Woodward researched ways to improve participation in recycling programs among area schools and businesses. The students polled schools and businesses about their recycling efforts and brainstormed ways to raise public awareness.
Ideas included posters, newsletters to schools and businesses, mascot appearances, public-alert calls, a children's book and an educational video. The team designed several posters and created three newsletter templates. At the end of the week, they presented their findings and solutions to managers and parents.
Other students worked with Carolina Container to find ways the corrugated cardboard manufacturer could “go green,” recycle more and save money.
Madison Temple, Laurel Diciuccio and Nathaniel Drum polled company employees about their use of office supplies and came up with solutions. They included turning off lights and computers when not in use; installing motion-detector lights in seldom-used areas; placing recycling bins in offices, meeting rooms and cubicles; replacing Styrofoam cups with paper products and installing automatic hand dryers in bathrooms.
Several student ideas will be put into action, plant manager Brian Healy said.
The Volunteer Center at Catawba County United Way will sponsor a school-supply drive for local teachers through the second week of August.
Donations can be made in the school bus parked in the food court at Valley Hills Mall and at the following businesses: Abernethy Laurels; Catawba Valley Medical Center; CommunityOne Bank in Newton and Hickory; BB&T main office in downtown Hickory; Corning Cable Systems corporate office and both plants; Century Furniture corporate headquarters; and Piedmont Natural Gas Operations Center in Hickory.
To make a financial contribution, mail a check to the Catawba County United Way, P.O. Box 2425, Hickory, NC, 28603 to the attention of School Supply Drive. All donations of supplies and cash gifts will be equally distributed to the teachers in the area's three school systems.
Details: Cheryl Abee 828-327-6851.
Catawba County will host new-teacher orientation this week.
Business owners are encouraged to offer items or services that would be of use to teachers for goodie bags being distributed by Champions of Education. Items could include coupons, gift cards or promotional items.
To donate: Lamar Mitchell 828-328-6000 ext.248 or firstname.lastname@example.org.