Business “speed dating” held for Huntersville students

Bob Romanelli, Apprenticeship Coordinator with Max Daetwyler Corporation and a Board Member of the Hopewell High School Academies of Engineering and Hospitality meets with students at the Annual Career Day – Speed Networking Event. Submitted Photo.


Huntersville, NC April 5, 2017 – Students from the Engineering and Hospitality Academies took part in a Speed Dating Event with local business owners and managers at the Annual Hopewell High School Career Day on Thursday, April 5th. Thirty five area businesses participated in the event which was coordinated by the Lake Norman Education Collaborative. Visit Lake Norman, the Lake Norman Economic Development Commission, and Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce sponsored the program which featured approximately seventy students.

Melinda Bales, Huntersville Town Commissioner, who co-chairs the Education Collaborative with Steve Gilbert from Omega Learning, was pleased with the participation both from the students and local businesses and industry. “The Lake Norman Education Collaborative Speed Networking event provide opportunities for students to interact with professionals in career areas of interest. They help give students a better understanding of the day to day challenges they will encounter in that field,” said Bales. “It also gives business leaders an opportunity to plant seeds of interest in their companies and also access their future talent pool.”

J. Dino Gisiano, Principal of Hopewell High School thanked the local businesses for their participation. “Because of your belief in Hopewell and our kids, you produced a really impactful event for our students. Each one of our students now have a different view of the world ahead of them. That is because of each of you and the wonderful community partners you were able to bring to the table…. Literally.”

Lunch was provided to the business who participated by Tenders Fresh Foods in Cornelius, along with Hawthorn Pizza and Pinky’s Westside Grill in Huntersville.

The Lake Norman Education Collaborative will be partnering up again later this month with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools North Learning Community hosting an Education Summit: Partnerships with a Purpose. The Summit will take place Tuesday, April 25th from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at Christ Community Church, 16301 Old Statesville Rd. in Huntersville. For more information visit or call 704-892-1922.

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