• 77°

Advanced manufacturing opens at Salisbury High School

SALISBURY — Advanced manufacturing is up and running at Salisbury High School.

Though the labs have been open and classes held since the beginning of the school year, Salisbury High held a grand opening for the program Wednesday afternoon.

“The first of August, this was still an art room,” said Mandy Mills, CTE director for Rowan-Salisbury Schools, tapping her foot on the newly painted concrete floor. “So we moved really fast.”

Plans for the program have been in the works for a long time, but it wasn’t until recently that community support and a Golden LEAF grant greased the wheels and sped up implementation.

Now, students can study mechatronics, engineering design and robotics.

“The reaction has been overwhelming,” Principal Luke Brown said. “Out of 900 students, we had more than 300 sign up.”

Called the Hornet’s NEST (Next-Level Engineering Science Technology), the two-classroom lab occupies what used to be the school’s art building. The interior has been renovated with new paint and tile, a robot course, and computers for coding and design.

“It feels great to see the program come to life,” Brown said.

Students who complete Salisbury High’s advanced manufacturing course will be able to become industry-certified as a production technician.

“If they learn to do this, they can do lots of different jobs,” Mills said.

Brown said one of the main draws for students is not just the usefulness of the program but the opportunities it offers to build and create.

The program will cost roughly $1.1 million to launch, and N.E.S.T. is just the first phase. A $700,000 Golden LEAF grant the district received will see to the rest: a machining lab in the school’s Lash building.

Mills and school officials hope to have the next phase up and running by the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

“I’m very excited about the future and what we’re going to see come out of this,” Brown said.

Contact reporter Rebecca Rider at 704-797-4264.

Comments

Crime

Salisbury man faces drug possession charges after overdose call

Crime

Police: Man charged after children call 911 from neighbor’s house

Ask Us

Ask Us: Who are people behind sign at City Park playground?

Coronavirus

Prison in Salisbury latest site of COVID-19 outbreak

Crime

Blotter: Salisbury Man charged with felony assault by strangulation

Nation/World

Trump vows quick Supreme Court vote, Biden urges delay for Nov. 3

Nation/World

New rule may strip pollution protections from popular lakes

East Spencer

East Spencer draws crowd for annual community day

Elections

In Rowan’s legislative races, Howard, Warren get off to strongest start in fundraising

Business

From Navy SEAL to Medicare agent, Trent Waller looks to continue serving his community

Elections

In 13th Congressional District race, Budd, Huffman differ on government’s role in COVID-19 help

Local

Rowan County Telecommunications joins new state digital 911 system

Education

School board will consider scheduling public hearings for Faith, Enochville closures

Business

Biz Roundup: Food Lion makes donation to support racial equality and justice

Elections

Republicans rally supporters at Saturday lunch

Elections

Budd holds wide lead over Huffman in fundraising, cash on hand

Crime

UPDATED: 1 shot, 5 in custody after shooting at haunted house that attracted 1,000 visitors

Nation/World

Trump picks conservative Amy Coney Barrett to fill Supreme Court seat

Coronavirus

Deadly September propels Rowan County to 100 deaths from COVID-19

Crime

Highway Patrol charges man in hit-and-run after finding vehicle hidden in woods

Elections

NC elections board, Republicans at odds over absentee ballot rule changes

News

Voters struggling with witness rules in early voting

News

Trump expected to announce conservative Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

Coronavirus

County reports COVID-19 percent positive rate of 8%