KEF TECH breakfast set for March 16th

KEF TECH breakfast set for March 16th
Posted on 03/05/2018
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The Kannapolis Education Foundation (KEF) will host its seventh annual TECH breakfast on Friday, March 16th. TECH stands for Teach Every Child How. The theme of the 2018 TECH Breakfast is “Bridge to Opportunity.” The event will highlight how the Kannapolis Education Foundation and Kannapolis City Schools are building a bridge between STEM education in schools and success for students in college and the workforce.    


The 2018 TECH breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, March 16th at Kannapolis City Hall. During the event, students will showcase their work with computer coding, robotics, engineering, and advanced manufacturing. The breakfast also will feature Barbi Jones, Executive Director of the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Dr. Carol Spalding, President of Rowan Cabarrus Community College.


STEM-related jobs are growing at twice the rate of other jobs, and STEM-related occupations pay significantly more than jobs in other fields. In addition, STEM careers are reaching into every industry, including finance, artistic design, and advanced manufacturing. Research shows that the U.S. is not producing enough students who possess high quality STEM skills or the backgrounds necessary to fill jobs in the Advanced Manufacturing industry. Kristina Tutterow Cook, Chair of the KEF Board of Directors, says the Kannapolis Education Foundation is helping to bridge the gap by providing vital resources to Kannapolis students. “We see how important STEM skills are for students to have,” Cook says. “We also know there is a great need in our community for skilled workers in advanced manufacturing. KCS does a great job with STEM education and is expanding into manufacturing skills, but money is always in short supply. That is why the Kannapolis Education Foundation is providing materials to expand robotics education and add STEM resources and manufacturing training for KCS students.”


The Kannapolis Education Foundation launched its TECH Campaign in 2012 in order to provide classroom technology for Kannapolis City Schools. So far, it has raised approximately $200,000 and has donated the money to Kannapolis City Schools. The contributions have provided classroom iPads, engineering resources, and other STEM-related materials to KCS. Now, the KEF is seeking to provide additional computer programming resources as well as career training equipment to Kannapolis City Schools.


During the 2018 breakfast the Kannapolis Education Foundation will honor Mary Beth Burgess, owner of Mary Beth Burgess State Farm Insurance and Financial Services, presenting her with the organization’s Friend of Education Award. Burgess will be recognized for her partnerships with Kannapolis City Schools, her ongoing support of students and teachers, and her commitment to supporting the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.


The Kannapolis Education Foundation was established in 1994 as an independent non-profit organization. Since it was founded, it has donated approximately three quarters of a million dollars to Kannapolis City Schools. The KEF has provided advanced science equipment, computers, books, software, and other classroom materials to teachers and students in Kannapolis City Schools. 

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