TOURS HIGHLIGHT TECHNOLOGY TOWERS
Amy Chisholm would recommend parents learn more about Onslow County Schools' technology towers.Her daughter, Rebecca, is a junior at Northside High School who has been studying engineering for three years. While Rebecca doesn't plan to study it after high school, her mom said that the programs are a benefit to students. "I think it's a great opportunity that Onslow County is giving these kids with an actual trade whether it's automotive or construction," she said. Chisolm was in a group of parents and area officials touring the advanced construction, advanced automotive/transportation and advanced applied technologies towers at Jacksonville, Southwest and Northside high schools Wednesday morning. City and county officials toured the programs on Monday and Tuesday. "I think trade classes are kind of stereotyped. I think some people would broaden their views on what's being taught," she said. "They're not just learning the trade, they're incorporating all their classes," The technology towers are stepping stones to a county career center, according to John Shannon, director of Career and Technical Education for Onslow County Schools. The center has been discussed for several years; however, funding and available property for the estimated $9 million project have been hurdles yet to be passed.