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About 300 students from 11 high schools in the Cabarrus County, Kannapolis City and Rowan-Salisbury school systems attended a career expo at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s south campus in Concord on Thursday. The students were there to learn more about programs at the college and local businesses that have to do with advanced manufacturing and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) because they are growing and in demand in this region, said Lisa Conger, director of career and technical education (CTE) for Cabarrus County Schools.

Students also learned about soft skills, such as presenting themselves well and properly shaking hands.The students who attended the expo are enrolled in CTE programs at their high schools and had to apply to attend. They also had to show interest in a STEM or manufacturing career, Conger said.

“We just want to make sure students are exposed to all the different opportunities out there,” said Kenneth Bost, instructional management coordinator for Rowan-Salisbury Schools.