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STATESVILLE – Eighth-graders from across Iredell-Statesville Schools will travel to the Statesville Civic Center Nov. 8 to attend sessions that focus on education as it relates to jobs, careers and salaries.

They will discuss how career choices will impact their lives, and will also allow them to explore the different career pathways that are available to them locally and regionally. Students will have the opportunity to explore a Career Cluster that they themselves have identified through a process that highlights areas of study that interest them.

Local business and industry leaders will conduct hands-on job related-activities that engage students so as to connect the dots between classroom work and job skills.

Todd Williams, director of career and technical education for Iredell-Statesville Schools, understands the importance of connecting academic work to career aspirations.

“This event is an effort to spark students’ interest in future careers and link them to jobs right here in Iredell County,” Williams said in a news release. “Our hope is that we will narrow the skill gap between job seekers and available, wage-sustaining regional jobs. The focus for us is on the whole child. Every student can create a positive career pathway for himself or herself, and we are here to help guide that process. After all, life is better when we have a career that we enjoy and find fulfilling.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Iredell-Statesville Schools Career and Technical Education Department, NC Works, Centralina Workforce Development (NextGen), Statesville Chamber of Commerce, Iredell County Economic Development Corporation, Mitchell Community College and Mooresville Graded School District Career and Technical Education department.


Area students present ‘Xanadu’

DAVIDSON – There will be some “Magic,” and entertainment for those from “All Over the World” as the high school students from around the Lake Norman area join forces to present the musical “Xanadu” at the Community School of Davidson.

The musical stage adaptation of the 1980 film – featuring hit songs originally performed by Olivia Newton John and Electric Light Orchestra – follows the precocious Greek muse Clio who decides to put on some roller skates and leg warmers in order to help Sonny Malone, a chalk artist with half a brain and a heart of gold, rediscover his creativity.

Area high school students, including Pine Lake Prep’s Chrissa Weir and Mooresville’s Lucas Devore, have united for the production to be presented Nov. 1-4 at the CSD Artspace, 404 Armour St.

Shows are scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1; 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 ; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4.

Tickets are $10 online at or $15 at the door. The performance is recommended for adults as well as students in fourth grade and older.


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