NHC Leaders Go Back To School At Apple Corporate Headquarters

Jan 13, 2020

Monday and Tuesday leaders from New Hanover County are at Apple Computer’s corporate headquarters in Cupertino, California. Natalie English, President and CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, assembled a team of elected officials and educators for the trip. WHQR checked in with the group.

More than a dozen local officials are at Apple headquarters to explore emerging technologies for use in both schools and workforce training programs in the Cape Fear Region.

WHQR reached out to Nelson Beaulieu, a New Hanover County School Board member, who is part of the delegation.

“We're really going to listen about how we use technology more effectively in the classroom and also how we use it to prepare our students for the jobs of, you know, the next 10, 15, 20 years.”

For years Apple has run training sessions for educators from all over the country.

While some critics say this trip is a waste of money and resources, Beaulieu doesn’t see it that way.

“I would say that it is so easy in our political climate to embrace cynicism and to be cynical about everything. I'm out here because I think that there's some good that can come of this trip. It's that simple.”

More details about the meetings will be available when the group returns to Wilmington on Wednesday. Vince Winkel, WHQR News.

Attendees at the Apple meetings include Wilmington Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Natalie English, New Hanover County Commissioners Julia Olson-Boseman and Woody White, New Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet, New Hanover County School Board members Lisa Estep and Nelson Beaulieu, Deputy Superintendent Dr. LaChawn Smith, NHCS Chief Technology Officer Dawn Brinson, UNCW Chancellor Dr. Jose V. Sartarelli, UNCW Board of Trustees and Hunt Institute Board Member Michael Lee, UNCW's Watson College of Education Dean Van Dempsey, Cape Fear Community College President Jim Morton, and Live Oak Bank's Director of Corporate Philanthropy Kate Groat.