October 12 - October 19

Education & Workforce Development Week

Saturday, October 12 

TechWorks Gaston's Girls Coding Course

Women in tech careers are underrepresented in the industry today, so TechWorks is providing an awesome opportunity for girls to be well positioned to thrive in tomorrow's tech workplace with broader representation.


Teaming up with the innovative tech talent creator TechWorks Gaston, we're happy to open registration to exclusively girls aged 8 - 14 to teach some of the *many* fun applications of coding.

Come help us build the TechWorks Arcade and learn how to make your own old-school video game!

We'll use Microsoft MakeCode Arcade to build, play, and test our own "Game-Boy" style games. Then, we'll upload each of the games to the TechWorks Arcade so they can be played at home!

The class will start by building a demo game, then we'll brainstorm ways to expand our game universe and have time to freely experiment and explore with our games with instructors to answer questions.

This course is for girls, ages 8-14.

MIT Instructor and Belmont resident Morgan Stewart will lead this course. 

9:00am - 10:00am

TechWorks Gaston, downtown Belmont

Space is limited and reserved exclusively for girls aged 8 - 14. Register here & now.

Monday, October 14 

Gaston Student Tour of Belmont Abbey College

Belmont Abbey College is a excellent place to enroll for anyone looking to grow their mind—and it's right in your backyard. The gorgeous campus is home to some of the best academic (and athletic) programs in the nation. Being one of the highest ranked institutions in undergraduate teaching in the South and having its Honors College earning the designation of "Hidden Gem," Belmont Abbey has invited Gaston County School high school students to come see & experience all that it has to offer.

Time: 9:00am - 10:45am

Belmont Abbey College

Event is open to high school students.

Tuesday, October 15 

Presentation & Tour of Hunter Huss High School's Career Academy

If our Gaston County School district had a theme, it would be choice. While they offer 13 education tracks tailored specifically to your child's career aspirations, the Gaston County School district will be spotlighting their Career Academy here: With this tour, you'll get an inside peek of the challenging coursework and hands-on training that is preparing students for jobs in business, trade and industry, food service, public safety, health science, and technology.

With Hunter Huss as just one example, you'll be able to quickly see why the entire school district is 2nd in NC for student earned industry certifications

9:00am - 10:30am

Hunter Huss High School

Space is limited. Register here & now.

Wednesday, October 16

Workforce Development and Education Committee: The Attraction of Advanced Manufacturing

The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance will be coming to Gaston County for this impactful event. This convening will focus on workforce development in the advanced manufacturing industry in the Charlotte region.  During this full session, we will hear from those representing our workforce development and manufacturing community and how they support the talent pipeline through apprenticeships programs and strategic alliances.

In additions, we will discuss the pathways in which we educate young talent on the future job opportunities in this industry, address what advanced manufacturing is today versus 10+ years ago, and the innovative work taking place in our region.

8:30am - 10:00am

TechWorks Gaston, Downtown Belmont

Register for this free event here & now.

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Wednesday, October 16 

Gaston College — Kimbrell Campus Tour

Located in Belmont, Gaston College's Kimbrell Campus houses within its doors military fiber prototypes, and dummies (for their nursing and esthetician programs, that is). For this event, we'll be taking you around their innovative and gritty Textile Technology Center, talking about a seamless college transfer process, and more.

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Gaston College Kimbrell Campus

Space is limited. Register here & now.

Thursday, October 17

Presentation & Tour of Highland School of Technology

Highland School of Technology is the Charlotte region's number one ranked public high school in College & Career Readiness. This hasn't happened by accident. We've partnered with Gaston County Schools to show you exactly why this Blue Ribbon School continues earning many awards for educational excellence.

9:00am - 10:30am

Highland School of Technology

Space is limited. Register here & now.

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Thursday, October 17 

The Gaston Regional Chamber's Salute to Manufacturing & Business

The Salute to Business and Manufacturing is the Gaston County business community’s gold standard, and a proud part of the Gaston Regional Chamber’s heritage. This annual black-tie gala event celebrates the pillars of the business community — the individual and the company who have done the most to support and foster our economy.

6:00pm - 10:00pm

Gaston Country Club

Register here & now

Friday, October 18

Presentation & Tour of East Gaston High School's Health Sciences Academy

Gaston County Schools takes choice seriously. Whether your child wants a career in health sciences or public service (to name just a few of many options available), Gaston County Schools wants to provide the best for your kid's future. They've recently partnered with CaroMont Health to offer a stellar health science track for interested high school students. 

9:30am to 11:00am

East Gaston High School

Space is limited. Register here & now.

Saturday, October 19 

TechWorks Gaston's Kids in Coding: Coding a Dance Adventure

We've teamed up with TechWorks Gaston and Code.org to pack a punch with this event. With two interactive coding sessions, your children can pick their favorite songs and create a program to make characters perform various dance moves on the screen! After completing this activity, they can continue to enhance their skills by creating a program to help characters from Star Wars, Minecraft, or Angry Birds complete missions or by creating a sports game. All programming will be done using block coding.

No coding experience required.

9:00am - 10:00am; 10:30am - 11:30am (two 1 hour sessions to choose from)

TechWorks Gaston, downtown Belmont

Space is limited and reserved exclusively for children in 3rd through 5th grade. Register here & now.

Saturday, October 19 

TechWorks Gaston's Kids in Coding:

Code an Amazing Maze with Scratch

 TechWorks Gaston and Code.org are putting on round two for this weekend by offering a course for children in grades 6 through 8.

Make your Saturday more a{maze}ing with Scratch!

Learn to program a simple maze game using the Scratch programming language. In the class, you'll will learn how to move your character using arrow keys and choose what happens if your character accidentally bumps into the maze walls or when your character safely reaches the end!

No coding experience required.

1:00pm - 2:30pm

TechWorks Gaston, downtown Belmont

Space is limited and reserved exclusively for children in 6th through 8th grade. Register here & now.