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Archive for October, 2012

Wingate University Announces PA Masters at Hvl Campus

Wingate University is a step closer to launching its Physician Assistant Studies master’s degree program at the Hendersonville campus now that the school’s program has been approved by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.

The university will welcome its first class in August. The deadline to apply for the program is March, said Rosalind Becker, program director of Physician Assistant Studies at Wingate.

The accreditation approval means the university can begin accepting student applications and putting personnel in place, she said.

“Just like our pharmacy program, our students will be there during the day, and it is also a synchronized distance education program, just like our pharmacy program,” Becker said. “This means there are some faculty in Hendersonville, but lectures are done at the same time on both campuses. There is a video feed between the two campuses. Lectures go on at the same time on both campuses and they are seen by both campuses simultaneously.”

There will be two full-time faculty members in the PA program at Hendersonville, she added — an assistant director and a clinical coordinator.

Potential students are required to have a bachelor’s degree, but not in any specific field. They must have nine prerequisite classes in order to apply for the MPAS program, Becker explained. The 27-month program will have students in the classroom for three semesters, followed by a clinical rotation, in order to be candidates for graduation.

An open house for potential applicants will be held from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Hendersonville campus, 220 Fifth Avenue East.

For more information or to apply, visit pa.wingate.edu.

Reach Kelley at 828-694-7871 or leigh.kelley@blueridgenow.com.

from BlueRidgeNow.com

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AVL Holds Open House for Master Plan

The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority (GARAA) is holding a public open house on October 16, 2012 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the Skyland Fire Rescue facility. The open house is an opportunity for members of the community to learn about the airport master plan study and its impact on the future development of the airport.

The airport’s current master plan was completed in July 2001; however that plan quickly became obsolete after 9/11, when the aviation business changed dramatically. The new airport master plan will provide an up-to-date, comprehensive study of aviation demand forecasts, facility requirements, and airport development alternatives needed to map the airport’s future for the next 20 years and beyond.

Because the airport is such a large piece of the Western North Carolina economic picture, input from the community is important and welcomed. Attendees are invited to give feedback about the project and the future of airport development, as well as ask questions of airport staff and consultants.

Comments and suggestions received during the Open House are to be evaluated by the project team and incorporated into the study as appropriate. The proposed improvements are intended to achieve compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and to meet the existing and projected aviation needs of the region.

Click here for more information about the master plan.

Blue Ridge Metals Announces Expansion

Blue Ridge Metals Corporation, a fully owned subsidiary of Central Yoshida Corporation, headquartered in Nagoya, Japan, is pleased to announce the expansion of the company’s North American manufacturing facility located in Fletcher, NC. The expansion creates a positive employment impact through the addition of at least 20 new jobs to the existing base of 125 persons.  The company will invest at least $20 million in new real property, equipment and machinery, including the addition of 15,000 square feet of space to the existing 175,000 square foot facility.

Blue Ridge Metals is a leading supplier of wire processing and cold-formed products, most commonly utilized in the automotive industry.  The company’s expansion will allow for the installation of the largest cold former in North America.  This investment will allow the company to expand production capabilities to serve customers that include Toyota, Honda, Ford and General Motors and many of their suppliers.  According to Factory Manager, Steve Sheppard, “this growth comes as a result of a global assessment of the company’s footprint.  Henderson County’s business climate, capable workforce and strategic location played a critical role in the company’s decision to grow the U.S. operation.”

Tommy Thompson, Chairman of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners, said, “As a global operation, Blue Ridge Metals could have expanded in many locations.  Their selection of Henderson County serves as a testament to our strategic vision to support existing industries.”  Mayor Bill Moore of the Town of Fletcher stated, “Blue Ridge Metals has served as a model corporate citizen since their decision to first locate here in 1988.  Beyond the obvious benefits of new job creation and investment, the company has played a significant role in the development of the Town’s park and greenway system.  We are proud of the bond between the Town of Fletcher and Blue Ridge Metals and look forward to future opportunities for collaboration.”

Blue Ridge Metals formally announced their expansion at the Industrial Appreciation Event hosted by the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development on September 25, 2012.  Board Chairman Chip Gould noted that the company is not only a leader in the global automotive sector, but has also fostered an organizational culture focused on community engagement.  “Many of the concepts that formed our formal existing industry program came from the leadership at Blue Ridge Metals many years ago.  We thank Blue Ridge Metals for choosing to expand and invest in our community,” stated Gould.

The Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development, Inc. is a 501(c)6 organization that works to: retain and attract quality jobs; solicit new business compatible with the assets and values of Henderson County; promote Henderson County’s business image; assist expansion of existing companies; and enhance Henderson County’s overall quality of life. For more information on the Partnership visit www.strategiclocation.com. For more information about Blue Ridge Metals, visit www.brmcorp.com.