Governor McCrory talks education and economy in Onslow County

HOLLY RIDGE, N.C. (WNCT) – Governor Pat McCrory was in the east Monday to talk education and the economy.

He named Onslow county one of the state’s leaders in understanding how both the private sector and educators can work together to benefit your students.

“Working together to make a difference for the future of North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory.

He spoke to students, teachers and business owners at Dixon Elementary Monday to praise them for their work in closing the skills gap.

He says that gap involves industries such as engineering, mechanics and information technology.

McCrory says Onslow County has teachers who go above and beyond by applying skills taught in the classroom to these industries.

He emphasized the importance of the partnership for the future of the Tar Heel state.

“It’s a win-win for the students of North Carolina and for jobs for North Carolina,” said McCrory.

By partnering together students can expand their knowledge and creativity, something McCrory says industries are looking for.

Dixon elementary is the highest performing school in Onslow County and the governor hopes the school serves as a role model across the state.

“We want this to occur in all 100 counties in North Carolina and so we’re using Onslow County as a role model on how to integrate the two between teachers and the private sector and get them to support and understand each other as opposed to being in separate silos.”

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