Students Engage at the Stanly ACE Event

Ace Event Winners

Pictured above are two happy South Stanly Middle school students who won some of the great door prizes provided by the Stanly County Economic Development Commission. (L-R) Alissa Furr, 8th grade (drone winner) and Ana Furr, 6th grade (Apple I-Pad winner).


Middle Schools Looking at EET

Students stopped by SCC’s Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) booth manned by EET students Matthew Osborne (New London) and Tyler Tucker (Norwood), and the Computer Engineering Technology (CET) booth, manned by CET student Bryson Tomberlin (Monroe). Both booths were flanked with corresponding companies such as Preformed Lined Products, Valley Proteins, Scan Online, and Storm Technologies, helping the students to see the workforce connection.


Albemarle, NC – Students and parents made their way to the Stanly Academic Career Exploration (ACE) event at the Stanly Commons on Tuesday, February 18, where more than 40 local businesses and organizations and over 30 career and technical education training programs shared hands-on experiences in a highly engaging, interactive event.

The Stanly ACE event reaches out to Stanly County middle and high school students and families by providing an atmosphere where students can discover their passions through educational pathways and by meeting employers who offer jobs in those chosen fields.

Stanly Community College (SCC) offers Career and College Promise (CCP) pathways to high school students who qualify. More specifically, 27 career and technical pathways, and three additional paths that align with university transfer, help to foster students’ passion before high school graduation. These are free college courses offered to students while they are still in high school. Additionally, all 27 programs were highlighted during the event

“On behalf of the Stanly ACE committee, I would like to thank everyone who helped make this event a success. Your hard work and commitment to education for our youth in Stanly County is changing the way students view their future career paths,” noted Jeff Parsons, Chair, Stanly ACE Committee, and SCC’s Associate Vice President, School of Advanced Manufacturing, Industry, Technology and Trades.

The mission of Stanly ACE was to provide a better understanding of the new and changing workforce trends in Stanly County and the region. Dozens of businesses and educational resources were on hand to assist students, parents and community members with questions and opportunities on future career choices in Stanly County. Each educational booth at the event was surrounded by the corresponding businesses helping the students connect their passion with the real world.

The Stanly ACE committee is comprised of local organizations that include the Stanly County School System, Stanly Community College, Stanly County Chamber of Commerce, Centralina Workforce Development Board, NC Works, and the Stanly County Economic Development Commission.

 This was a free event, and a Federal Perkins grant and the Stanly County Economic Development Commission provided funding. For additional information about the Stanly ACE event, contact Jeff Parsons at 704-991-0321 or