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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 10:33

Hopewell Career Day provides a ‘different view’

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Bob Romanelli, apprenticeship coordinator at Max Daetwyler Corp. and a board member of the Hopewell High School Academies of Engineering and Hospitality, meets with students at the Annual Career Day speed networking event. Bob Romanelli, apprenticeship coordinator at Max Daetwyler Corp. and a board member of the Hopewell High School Academies of Engineering and Hospitality, meets with students at the Annual Career Day speed networking event. Courtesy Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Students from the Engineering and Hospitality Academies of Hopewell High School in Huntersville took part in a speed networking event with local business owners and managers at the Annual Hopewell High School Career Day earlier this month. Thirty-five area businesses participated in the event coordinated by the Lake Norman Education Collaborative. Visit Lake Norman, Lake Norman Economic Development and the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce sponsored the program, which involved approximately 70 students.


“The Lake Norman Education Collaborative speed networking event provides opportunities for students to interact with professionals in career areas of interest,” says Melinda Bales, Huntersville town commissioner and co-chairperson of the collaborative with Steve Gilbert from Omega Learning. “It helps give students a better understanding of the day-to-day challenges they will encounter in that field. It also gives business leaders an opportunity to plant seeds of interest in their companies and also access their future talent pool.”

“Because of your belief in Hopewell and our kids, you produced a really impactful event for our students,” says Hopewell Principal J. Dino Gisiano. “Each one of our students now has a different view of the world ahead of them. That is because of each of you and the wonderful community partners you were able to bring to the table … literally.”

Lunch was provided to the participating businesses by Tenders Fresh Foods in Cornelius, along with Hawthorne’s Pizza and Pinky’s Westside Grill in Huntersville.

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