Manufacturing, education forum registration open

Jun. 19, 2013 @ 05:20 PM

Education and manufacturing leaders will meet for a community forum at Vance-Granville Community College next month and registration has begun.

The forum on July 18 is a joint venture sponsored by N.C. State University and its Institute for Emerging Issues, Vance-Granville Community College and economic development offices in Vance, Warren and Franklin counties.

Granville County had a similar event in May.

Registration is requested and can be done online at More information on the event is available from the Henderson-Vance County Economic Development Commission office at (252) 492-2094.

Sharon Decker, the secretary of the N.C. Department of Commerce, will be joined in a panel discussion by Stelfanie Williams, Mike Heiss, George Rusincovitch and Todd Wemyss. Williams is president of Vance-Granville, Heiss is senior manager in Science and Technology at Novozymes North America, Rusincovitch is vice president of manufacturing for Vescom North America and Wemyss is general manager of Glen Raven, Inc.

Tom White, the economic development director at N.C. State, will serve as moderator.

County extension directors Morris White, Crystal Smith and Charles Mitchell will lead respective breakout discussions. Their purpose will be to identify strategies or priorities best aligning each county’s industry needs with educational opportunities.

The event is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. in the civic center at Vance-Granville and is expected to last just over two hours.