SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Salisbury High School has received a $700,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation, according to a news release from the Rowan-Salisbury Schools.
Rowan-Salisbury Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody states that, "We are very excited about the Golden LEAF grant for the implementation of an advanced manufacturing program at Salisbury High. This will enable SHS to continue to build on the school's existing STEM Academy that is open to all district students."
Rowan-Salisbury was awarded $700,000 from Golden LEAF Foundation to implement an Advanced Manufacturing Curriculum Pathway (AMCP) that includes training in engineering, mechatronics and metal fabrication for high school students and aligns to existing introductory programs available to middle school students.
The initiative would:
-Initiate an Advanced Manufacturing Pathway at Salisbury High School.
-Implement strategies aimed at changing students' perception of manufacturing careers by introducing them to the skills required for employment opportunities available in local industries.
-Build on the existing STEM program at Salisbury High School. The Pathway will operate as part of the existing academy and be open to all Rowan-Salisbury students who wish to transfer. Grant funds will provide curriculum materials, facility upgrades, robotics equipment, and computers & related equipment for the high school.
"Salisbury High School is incredibly excited about our partnership with the Gold LEAF Foundation," says SHS Principal Luke Brown. "With funding provided by this grant, Salisbury will house one of the finest advanced manufacturing and engineering facilities in the southeast. This program will provide multiple pathways for our students to choose an array of courses geared at hands on learning, critical thinking and problem solving. Research led us to many industrial businesses across central North Carolina. The management of these businesses are no longer looking for a particular set of skills. They are in need of free thinking, problem-solving students who can easily adapt to their surroundings. We believe that our program will provide students with these characteristics. The Gold Leaf Foundation partnership is monumental in providing these opportunities. Our Salisbury High family could not be more proud of the future it will provide our community."
Rowan-Salisbury's Career and Technical Education Department staff are eager to begin implementing this new program that will be an asset to our community.
The partnerships being built with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and local industries will provide tremendous opportunities for Rowan-Salisbury students and help provide the workforce that Rowan County so desperately needs.
"We appreciate all of the people who contributed input and supported our grant initiative," says Mandy Mills, CTE Director for Rowan-Salisbury Schools. "Many Rowan County manufacturers provided input to the program in the form of surveys and advisory board meetings."
In addition to our Rowan-Salisbury Schools staff, Rowan County Commission Chair Greg Edds; Rowan Cabarrus Community College Dean of Engineering & Business Technologies Van Madray; Tillie Hebbert, Continental Structural Plastics; Shawn Campion, Integro Technologies; and Tony Pennington, Durafiber Technologies all gave supportive input during the site visit with Golden LEAF.
A special ceremony was made during Rowan-Salisbury's annual Principals' Institute. Mark Sorrells, Senior VP from Golden LEAF, presented a 'big' check made out to the Rowan-Salisbury Schools in the amount of $700,000 to Dr. Moody, Mr. Brown and Mrs. Mills. Mr. Sorrells commented his excitement on behalf of the Golden LEAF Foundation to be able to present this opportunity to RSS.
"When all these different entities come together to reach a common goal, the community as a whole benefits, and we are proud to be part of moving Rowan County forward together," says Mills.