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Business Notebook for May 29

A roundup of business news in Fayetteville and Cumberland County


Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect a change in the date of the Skilled Trades & Technology Expo to June 28.

Baldwin named associate dean of Academic Partnerships at FSU

Fayetteville State University has named Pamela Baldwin associate dean of Academic Partnerships.

Baldwin will be responsible for ensuring the effectiveness of programs and services that help the successful transition of first-year students into the university and retention into the second year, the university said in a release.

She also will supervise the two early college high school liaisons.

Baldwin has more than 23 years of experience in education, the release said.

She most recently served as the head of school/superintendent for the Global Scholars Academy in Durham. She also has served as superintendent, assistant superintendent and principal during her career, the release said.

She has a bachelor's in biology from George Mason University, a master's in administration and supervision and a doctoral degree in education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Skilled Trades & Technology Expo scheduled for June 28 at FTCC

A Skilled Trades & Technology Expo is scheduled for June 28 at Fayetteville Technical Community College. 

The event, which is free and open to the public, will provide an opportunity for employers and job seekers to connect. The event will also include information about FTCC’s job- and career-training programs, which are being coordinated through the college’s new Career and Education Success Center, the college said in a release. 

FTCC is hosting the event with NC Works, Fayetteville PWC and Mid-Carolina Regional Council. 

An information session about FTCC’s job- and career-training programs will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Tony Rand Student Center at 2220 Hull Road. A career fair will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the same location.

The skilled trades and technology careers being featured at the expo include: 

  • Construction trades (electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and basic construction and masonry) 
  • Automotive trades  
  • Computer fundamentals 
  • Property maintenance 
  • Solar installation and maintenance 
  • Horticulture and landscaping 

Businesses and employers who would like to participate in the expo should register through Eventbrite at https://bit.ly/FTCCJobsExpo.

The new Career and Education Success Center is aimed at helping adults find training and educational opportunities that fit their needs and goals, including accelerated workforce training initiatives that can lead to employment in high-demand fields, the release said. The center is in the Tony Rand Student Center. For information, go to faytechcc.edu/success-center or contact the center at CESC@faytechcc.edu or 910-678-8419. 

FSU receives grant to study artificial intelligence

Fayetteville State University has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to support a research project dealing with social relevance and trustworthiness of artificial intelligence.

The three-year grant totals $397,055, the university said in a release. FSU computer and forensic scientists will work with criminal justice experts to create educational modules that infuse knowledge of social relevance and trustworthiness of AI into mainstream research and education materials, the release said.

“Innovation and scientific inquiry are hallmarks of Fayetteville State University’s exceptional interdisciplinary academic environment,” said Dr. Monica Terrell Leach, the university’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “We are thrilled that the National Science Foundation continues to recognize the work of our outstanding faculty through this grant, which further strengthens our research enterprise and helps give our students the hands-on learning experience they need and deserve to thrive and become the next generation of trailblazers.”

The project will support students through classroom instruction and research projects in this multidisciplinary area, the release said.

Warrior-Scholar Project launches partnership with Fayetteville State

The Warrior-Scholar Project is partnering with Fayetteville State University to help veterans succeed in higher education through an academic boot camp, the university said in a release.

Fayetteville State is the first historically black university to host a Warrior-Scholar Project academic boot camp, the release said. The first WSP Humanities Academic Boot Camp is scheduled for June 11-18. Students can apply at warrior-scholar.org/apply.

“As a premier destination for military-connected students, Fayetteville State University is proud to host the first Warrior-Scholar Project boot camp at an HBCU to prepare enlisted veterans to succeed in their post-military careers,” Chancellor Darrell T. Allison said in the release. “Just like the military-connected students who call Bronco Nation their ‘home,’ we have embraced an institutional commitment to serving our community and those who have sacrificed in the defense of our nation.”

Bootcamp participants will have the opportunity to learn from FSU faculty, receive mentoring from fellow student veterans, and begin to adjust to a formal learning environment, the release said.

“Transitioning from the military into an educational setting can be daunting, but we want to show enlisted veterans that their unique skills, viewpoints, and experiences are not only welcomed, but they enrich any campus, including ours,” said Siobhan R. Norris, FSU’s associate vice chancellor for Military Affairs and an Army veteran.

The Warrior-Scholar Project launched its first boot camp at Yale University in 2012 with nine participants. Since then, the program has expanded to 24 of America’s top schools and has helped nearly 2,000 veterans get a head start in higher education, the release said.

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