Chancellor’s Round Tables continue in Mitchell, Yancey counties

CULLOWHEE – Western Chancellor John W. Bardo recently continued his community conversations during meetings with students and education and business leaders in North Carolina ‘s Mitchell and Yancey counties.

Chancellor Bardo visits Mountain Heritage High School in Burnsville.

Chancellor Bardo visits Mountain Heritage High School in Burnsville.

During a visit to Mountain Heritage High School in Burnsville, he talked with students from John Cassida’s science class. The Chancellor urged them not to let fears about the cost of college stand in their way. With various payment options available, he said, any good student in North Carolina can afford to attend a public university.

He also described some of the new programs at Western such as forensic anthropology and electrical engineering, outlined the education potential of the new state-of-the-art audio and video production studios scheduled to open in May, talked about athletics, and invited students to visit Western to find out if they feel at home here.

Chancellor Bardo meets with community leaders in Spruce Pine.

Chancellor Bardo meets with community leaders in Spruce Pine.

In his meeting with community leaders in Spruce Pine, the Chancellor described Western’s rising academic standards, outlined the progress of major construction projects on campus, explained the improvement of Internet access throughout the region and answered questions about Western’s role in promoting economic development throughout Western North Carolina. He also talked with Mitchell County officials about Western’s teacher education program and the effort to boost teacher recruitment and promote teacher retention, especially in rural communities.

Toward the end of the day-long visit to Mitchell and Yancey counties, Dr. Bardo stopped at Bombardier Recreational Products, which makes engine blocks for outboard motors. During a tour of the facility, the company officials explained the complicated fabrication process and explored the idea of cooperating with Western to improve manufacturing processes at the plant.

The next Chancellor’s Round Table is scheduled for Madison County on Friday, March 26.