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2-hour Delay for 12/11/17

Due to the potential for icy spots developing around the county overnight, McDowell County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay for students and staff Monday, December 11. This delay will allow buses and other drivers greater visibility to spot potential trouble areas during the morning commute.

Please make note that the Mr. MHS Pageant originally scheduled for last night will now take place this coming Saturday in the East Middle auditorium with show time set for 7:00. Come out and support this great cause with proceeds benefitting two of our own MCS families.
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Friday Institute Announces Digital Leaders Coaches Network

We are excited to announce that Vickie Blankenship, Jessica Mace, Caitlin Proffitt, Sherry Dixon, Marianne Plain, and Ashley Greene have been accepted to the North Carolina Digital Leaders Coaching Network (NCDLCN).

As quickly as technology evolves, schools are charged with the responsibility of facilitating this transition to digital and personalized learning for their students. Many school districts entrust instructional technologists, coaches, media coordinators, and lead teachers with the responsibility to guide and support teachers as they continue to improve instruction. To better meet the needs of these change agents, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation is pleased to announce a new cohort of the the Digital Leaders Coaches Network (DLCN).

Alyssa Kanipe, Adam Wisemen, and Delaine Macdonald are DLCN alumni and have been selected to serve as mentors.
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The McDowell County Workforce Pipeline Committee To Host Manufacturing Awareness Open House

– In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2017, The Workforce Pipeline Committee will sponsor a Manufacturing Awareness Open House at the Universal Advanced Manufacturing Center, 634 College Drive, Marion, NC on the campus of McDowell Technical Community College on Monday, November 13, 2017, 4:00 – 7:00 PM. This event is part of an effort to change people’s perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide. Planned activities include tours of the programs offered at MTCC, such as Industrial Maintenance, Machining Technology, Welding, and HVAC. Attendees will be able to speak to students, past, and present, as well as representatives from local Manufacturers.

Manufacturing Day is an annual national event designed to showcase manufacturing technology and careers.

To mark the event, a proclamation honoring November 2017 as Manufacturing Month in McDowell County and the City of Marion will be issued.

“There is an increasing demand for highly skilled professionals in the manufacturing sector who can design, program and operate technology,” said Jerry Broome with the Workforce Pipeline Committee and the Region C Workforce Development Board. “The average age of a manufacturing employee is 56, and between now and 2020 there will be an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers who will need to be replaced.”

More information on Manufacturing Day is available at
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Subaru Dealership of Spruce Pine Announces Ride with Us Winner

Each year Mike Brown Ford-Subaru of Spruce Pine hosts the Teacher of the Year Ride with Us Award. The Teacher of the Year from Avery, McDowell, Mitchell, and Yancey County are invited to spin the wheel for a chance to drive a new Ford Edge or Subaru Outback for a year. Ben Moore represented McDowell County Schools well, he came up short.
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