Gov. Pat McCrory was in town Thursday night, along with the leaders of the state’s community college and public school systems, to congratulate a handful of local high school students. Included in the group was Jimmy Kirik, son of Alotech engineer Rich Kirik.
The eight teenagers who were honored are the first graduating class from an apprenticeship program between Caterpillar, Lee County Schools and Central Carolina Community College. The ceremony was held at the Caterpillar plant in the Lee County Industrial Park.
“Our country was made by men and women like this group to my left,” the governor said, pointing to the grads. “People who can make things.”