Armed Forces See STEM Education as Ensuring a Bright Future

November 07, 2018

STEM and the military, allies for cherry points tomorrow, ACT

Employers in fields that utilize science, technology, engineering and mathematics have consistently sounded a warning bell about the future of STEM in the United States, cautioning that there is a coming gap in qualified applicants for employers.

The rates of STEM graduates are not keeping up with the amount of job openings in related fields, and the issue could worsen, as the U.S. will add about one million new STEM jobs by 2020. >>READ MORE



Cherry Point-Based Fleet Readiness Center East Receives Honor in Supporting STEM Education

May 12, 2017


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Fleet Readiness Center East (FRC East) has received the 2017 Outstanding Business and Industry Award from the N.C. Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (SMT) Center. FRC East will be recognized at the annual SMT celebration on April 29 in Raleigh, N.C.

This award recognizes a North Carolina business or industry whose support has strengthened science, mathematics, and technology education programs in either formal or informal settings.

“Fleet Readiness Center East is a leader in STEM initiatives in eastern North Carolina,” said Dr. Sam Houston, CEO and president of the SMT Center. “Fleet Readiness is a model for other businesses attempting to partner with the education sector.”

Fleet Readiness Center East began operations during World War II at MCAS Cherry Point, N.C. Its initial workload consisted of several well-known aircraft, including the Corsair fighter and the Mitchell B-25 and Marauder B-26 bombers.  The depot continues to provide maintenance, engineering and logistics support on a variety of aircraft, engines and components for all branches of the U.S. armed forces.

Today, FRC East is a modern industrial complex that has considerable impact on the economy of North Carolina and the communities surrounding the air station. With annual payroll that exceeds $275 million, the facility is North Carolina’s largest industrial employer east of Interstate 95.

For more than 10 years the company has developed regional collaborative programs in STEM education to support project-based learning with a focus on aerospace engineering. FRC East also sponsors a mobile fabrications laboratory for students and educators use.

The N.C. Science, Mathematics, and Technology (SMT) Center is focused on improving education as a means of providing all students in North Carolina with the knowledge and skills to have successful careers, be good citizens, and advance the economy of the state. Promoting innovation and change in education, the SMT Center celebrates educational excellence in North Carolina by supporting educators, engaging students, and advancing the growing importance of having a STEM-educated workforce.


Contact: Lisa Rhoades at 919/991-5111 or


Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation announces Engineering Camp

March 10, 2016


ECAHF, with support from Fleet Readiness Center East and NCSU Engineering Summer Programs is pleased to announce the 2016 Eastern North Carolina Summer Elementary School Engineering Camp.

Engineering Rockets and Rovers
Havelock Tourist & Event Center
July 18-22, 2016
Rising 4th, 5th and 6th Graders

This will be an exciting, aviation-themed weeklong summer day camp this July for elementary school students (rising fourth, fifth and sixth-graders) at the Havelock Tourist & Event Center.

The camp will provide students a fun and positive glimpse into various fields of engineering by using hands-on, creative investigations and real-world building activities. Throughout the week, students will be divided into design teams led by local elementary school teachers. In their teams, students will be given the challenge to individually design and build various devices related to aviation and engineering. Students will learn engineering fundamentals by exploring various experiments related to aviation.

On the final day of camp, students will demonstrate their work in a public forum that incorporates many of the concepts from the camp’s weekly activities. Families and the community are invited to attend this final competition on Friday afternoon.

The camp is from 8:30am – 12:00noon Monday through Friday and a snack is provided. No lunch is provided.

Cost for the camp is $125 per student. Scholarships may be available for students with demonstrated financial need.

If you are interested in sponsoring a camper, please contact Amanda Ohlensehlen at .
The application process will be open in February and close on April 15th. To apply, go to and follow the link to “Summer Camp”. Or email us for the application packet at

For more information, contact Amanda Ohlensehlen or Greta Meadows at (252) 444-4348.



ACT Encourages Support for Connect NC Bond Referendum

February 18, 2016

Connect NC Bond Referendum

Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow (ACT) supports the $2 billion Connect NC Bond, that invests in needed infrastructure throughout North Carolina and especially in the Cherry Point region, and urges all citizens in the Cherry Point region to vote YES for the NC Connect Bond on the Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Primary Election Ballot.

With so much at stake this election year, it is important that all citizens in the Cherry Point region understand what important topics will affect our area. The Connect NC Bond Referendum supports funds allocated for the following: new construction and repair of existing facilities on the 17 campuses of the UNC System, the 58 Campuses of the NC Community College System (including a STEM facility at Craven Community College Havelock Campus, renovations to STEM classrooms and laboratories at Pamlico Community College, construction of new facilities for Hospitality and Culinary programs at Carteret Community College), improvements to state and local parks, water and agricultural improvements, recreational enhancements at Fort Macon State Park as well as capital investments that would support and enhance the military and commercial enterprises, personnel and dependents at Cherry Point by providing continuing education, job skills development, recreational opportunities and greater quality of life.

Click here to review the signed referendum.