Parent Teacher Magazine Rowan-Salisbury Schools Nov/Dec 2017 - Page 9

SALISBURY HIGH’S ADVANCED MANUFACTURING ACADEMY On October 5th, Salisbury High School celebrated the Grand Opening for their new Advanced Manufacturing Academy. The Art Building was quickly transformed over the summer months and into the first few weeks of the school year to a cutting edge facility. The newly renovated space is dubbed the Hornet's NEST - Next-Level Engineering Science Technology - and is where students have access to state-of-the-art courses such as Robotics, coding and design through computer programs. "Out of 900 students, we have more than 300 signed up," said Principal Luke Brown. “This program provides multiple pathways for our students to choose an array of courses geared at hands on learning, critical thinking and problem solving”. Our community joined in for the official ribbon-cutting sponsored by the Rowan Chamber of Commerce GOLDEN LEAF GRANT None of this could have happened without the $700,000 grant from Golden LEAF Foundation to lifted the program off the ground. The Advanced Manufacturing Curriculum Pathway (AMCP) includes training in engineering, mechatronics and metal fabrication for high school students and aligns to existing introductory programs available to middle school students. This amazing opportunity for RSS students is made possible through the leadership of Mandy Mills, CTE Director, Dominique Bates, Career Development Coordinator, Mark Brinkley and Shane Stewart, SHS Advanced Manufacturing Teachers. PARTNERSHIPS In addition to our RSS and SHS staff, applause to the support received from our 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. HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIES Personalizing your child's learning experience is important at Rowan-Salisbury Schools. Our high school academies offer a specialized curriculum for students in addition to the traditional high school diploma curriculum offered at every school within RSS. A student who is not currently assigned to one of these schools may apply to be reassigned to one of our unique and innovative high school academies. In addition to the Advanced Manufacturing and STEM Academy at SHS, other academy choices include: n Agriculture Academy and Farm to Table / West Rowan High n Business, Marketing and Finance Academy / East Rowan High n Communications Academy / South Rowan High n Health Sciences Academy / North Rowan High n Fine and Performing Arts Academy / Jesse Carson High n Rowan County Early College To learn more about high school academies, please check with the guidance counselors at your child’s school. Coggins Financial Services 2110 Statesville Blvd Salisbury NC 28147 Office: 704 • 633 • 1430 Fax: 704 • 633 • 5283 Toll Free: 855 • 385 • 9179 Don Coggins Financial Advisor - LPL Financial Build your own Investment plan with our help. www.cogginsfinancial.com “Securities offered through LPL Financial – Member FINRA/SIPC” Parent Teacher Magazine • November/December 2017 • 7