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Dassault Systemes, UNC Charlotte help teens sample STEM careers

Students tour UNC Charlotte's Motorsports Lab

Students tour UNC Charlotte’s Motorsports Lab

Nearly 175 teens from Vance High and nine other Mecklenburg and Cabarrus county schools recently explored high-tech careers with help from the University City office of Dassault Systemes, the staff of the UNC Charlotte PORTAL Building and businesses based there.

The event was organized by Dassault Systemes as part of the annual National Manufacturing Day.

Held on Sept. 18 in the University’s PORTAL Building, the event helped students with interests in science, technology, engineering and math learn about the many career possibilities involving software technology. (more…)

Your Addition Makes a Difference – Volunteers Needed

Heart Math TutoringHeart Math Tutoring (“Heart Tutoring”) is recruiting volunteers to help elementary students catch up. In 2019/20, the program will support 1,150 students who are economically disadvantaged and have been nominated by their schools.

With tutoring starting the week of September 30th, Volunteers are still needed for the final 200 students on the list. It only takes 30 minutes a week to serve as a volunteer tutor and make a lasting impact, the group says.

Heart Tutoring provides training, volunteer-friendly lesson plans, and on-site staff support. Most importantly, students build skills and confidence: 98% have met program goals set by UNC Charlotte and CMS.

The program is easy for volunteers and effective for students!

Learn more and get involved

College and Career Fair Sept. 14 at University City Library

Colllege and Career FairThe University City Regional Library will hold a College and Career Fair on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 11 am to 4 pm. Representatives from 16 colleges and trade schools plus three branches of the military will be present to talk with teens, preteens and family members.

The fair will help bring awareness about college and other post-high school learning opportunities. Along with school representatives, several financial-aid experts will attend the fair and talk about ways to pay for school.

The library will have other activities related to the college fair for adults and children throughout the day.

University City Regional Library is at 301 E. WT Harris Blvd. Directions.


Kids Eat Free this summer at Atrium Health University City

Kids Eat Free at Atrium Health University CityDo you or someone you know need help this summer feeding children while school is out?

Our hospital, Atrium Health University City, will serve free breakfasts and lunches for all kids ages 18 and younger, every weekday from June 10 to Aug. 23.

The free meals are provided through the federal Summer Food Service Program to ensure that all children, regardless of income, have good nutrition throughout the summer months when school is not in session.


Governors’ Village STEM Academy gaining an outdoor learning lab

Duke Energy volunteers

Duke Energy volunteers creating an outdoor learning lab at Walter G. Byers Elementary School

The Governors’ Village STEM Academy in University Research Park will soon have an extensive outdoor learning lab thanks to Duke Energy and the nonprofit group Out Teach.

On May 10, scores of Duke Energy volunteers will come to the school campus to erect the lab, including a shade structure with seating, decorative and raised-bed vegetable gardens and other learning centers. Duke Energy also will provide funds for the new center.

In 2018, Duke Energy and its volunteers helped create a similar Out Teach learning lab at at Walter G. Byers Elementary School.


Meeting on April 25 for new university-run school

Cato College of EducationNiner University Elementary, a new school to be operated by UNC Charlotte, will hold a parent information session tonight, April 25, from 6-7 at Keith Family YMCA, 8100 Old Mallard Creek Road.

Opening in August in University Research Park, the free public school will offer a curriculum created by Cato College of Education faculty.

Niner University Elementary will open with 150 students in grades K-2 and over the next three years grow to offer grades K-5. The school will be located in a renovated and secured wing of James Martin Middle School, at 6301 University Pointe Blvd.


Who won Saturday’s Race2Educate 5K? Our kids!

Vance High student Jordin Wright

Vance High student Jordin Wright celebrates receiving a $4,000 Race2Educate 5K Community Walk/Run Scholarship at the April 6 event.

April 6 was a great day for University City schools and scholars, thanks to the Race2Educate 5K and its many sponsors.

Nearly 900 adults and youth competed for pride and awards, but the day’s biggest winners were the nine Vance High students who received Race2Educate community scholarships totaling $40,000.

“It was inspiring to see our community show up in force to support our schools, the students, administrators and families,” said Rob Rogers, who birthed the annual event as a way to draw business and community support for University City public schools.

A total of 34 students have now received scholarships since Race2Educate began in 2013. (more…)

Help our kids win the Race2Educate 5K

Race2EducateWe can’t help but love the upcoming Race2Educate 5K on April 6 because it raises thousands of dollars each year for scholarships and support of University City public schools!

The event’s organizers need many sponsors, runners and volunteers to make this the best year yet. Won’t you help?

The sixth annual Race2Educate 5K will provide scholarships and critical resources to help students at University City area schools. Funds are used for strategic initiatives that encourage more favorable conditions for students to learn and be successful.


MeckEd names Vance senior Khamiah Alderman to its board

Khamiah Alderman of Vance High

The education-focused nonprofit MeckEd recently named Vance High senior Khamiah Alderman to its Board of Directors as a student liaison.

“Throughout her four years of high school, she has dedicated herself to education, leadership and service,” MeckEd said in announcing Khamiah’s selection.

MeckEd is dedicated to ensuring that all young people in Mecklenburg public schools have the knowledge, skills and experiences to lead successful and productive lives.

Khamiah is among five people named to the MeckEd board in December.


TIAA celebrates its 100th year by helping UCity schools

Vance High students at museum

Vance High students at National Museum of African-American History and culture

UCity corporate citizen TIAA turned 100 this year, and the financial company’s University Research Park center – already a strong supporter of CMS students – chose to celebrate by giving even more than usual to our schools.

Among the projects: sponsoring Vance High student trips to Washington and Charlotte’s Museum of the New South; and helping renovate a new media room and equip creative space in the new Governors’ Village STEM Academy.

TIAA is a founding corporate member of University City Connect, providing thousands of volunteer hours and strong financial support each year to numerous activities to Governors’ Village schools – Vance High, James Martin Middle and newly created Governors’ Village STEM Academy – as well as Martin Luther King Middle, Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology, University Meadows Elementary and Newell Elementary. (more…)

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