Higher Education Fills Need for Speed

Colleges and universities are feeling NASCAR’s need for speed.

Institutions are expanding motorsports-related degree programs to meet the demand for high-skilled workers on racing teams and throughout the industry. The trend is especially apparent in the Charlotte region, considered the cradle of the sport and host to Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

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  • UNC Charlotte will offer industry-related electives in a master’s program in sports marketing and management that starts this fall.
  • Legislators are considering spending $500,000 to support motorsports training at community colleges.
  • Belmont Abbey College in Gaston County launched a four-year business program in racing management last fall.

Graduates are winning, too:

At Hendrick Motorsports, the hottest team in NASCAR, one-fourth of its engineers were trained at UNCC, school officials say. Other schools have alumni at companies such as Dale Earnhardt Inc. and NASCAR Images. The growth of motorsports programs coincides with the general increase in demand for skilled auto technicians.

On Tuesday, Central Piedmont Community College dedicated its Joe Hendrick Center for Automotive Technology, which certifies current and prospective technicians to work for companies such as BMW and Toyota. On the motorsports side, CPCC already offers a machining certificate and has proposed opening a motorsports institute. continue reading

Beyond the Seat

There is a giant gap between what school furniture should be and what it is.  Experience tells us one thing, but Architects and Designers can help school administrators get the best product for their needs.

Read below to see the important points you should be looking for when buying school furniture.

Mar 1, 2005 12:00 PM
By James E. Rydeen and Kim A. Sorenson

Experience tells us that school furniture:



  • Is expected to last forever.
  • Is usually selected by school personnel without professional design input.
  • Is selected without regard to color influence.
  • Will receive minimal maintenance during its lifetime.
  • Must be the most cost-effective.


Architects specify built-in furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) items as well as some loose furniture. However, most loose furniture is selected by district personnel.

Experienced architects and interior designers already know the products and the manufacturers, and this experience and knowledge can help school officials choose the right product, with the needed features, at the best price, within budget limitations, from a responsible vendor.

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