For more information contact: Melinda Bales
Huntersville, N.C. - April 30, 2018 The Lake Norman Education Collaborative, in partnership with the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Lake Norman EDC and Hopewell High School’s Academies of Engineering and Hospitality and Tourism hosted the 3rd Annual Speed Networking Event at Hopewell High School in Huntersville NC on April 24, 2018. This workforce development event is designed to allow students an opportunity to network with business professionals in the career fields that interest them. The students are currently involved in courses designed to prepare them for careers after high school.
The speed networking event targeted career opportunities in the areas of Hospitality, Tourism, Marketing and Engineering and had approximately 90 students participated.
One High School senior who participated in the event stated, “I have an interest in the engineering field and the Speed Networking event helped me learn valuable skills that will carry over as I enter college and eventually the workforce. I was able to meet and speak with several professionals who are successful in their respective careers. They were able to provide me advice on steps I can take in college and how to build connections with people to allow myself to utilize college to its fullest potential and make connections along the way. This will give me an advantage as I enter the workforce.”
Hopewell’s Career Technical Coordinator Catrese Parks added that “The community of Huntersville and Charlotte truly believe in the students at Hopewell High School and these career days have had an amazing impact. The Speed Networking Event gives students a glimpse into the future.”
Lake Norman Education Collaborative Co-Chair Melinda Bales expressed her gratitude for the businesses and volunteers who made the event a success, “It is rewarding to see students have the opportunity to speak to individuals who have made a career for themselves in an area that they are interested in. It gives the students a different perspective on how that career would align with their goals.”
The Lake Norman Chamber is indebted to the Taste of Buffalo Pizzeria, 9610 Sherrill Estates Rd B in Huntersville, who donated the lunch for the Career Day volunteers and staff of Hough High School.
Caption: Hopewell High Students are counseled by local business volunteers at the third annual Speed Networking Career day hosted by the Lake Norman Education Collaborative. Photo by Melinda Bales.