Reboot Charlotte: D.N.C. Educational Impact
CHARLOTTE, NC--Money, prestige, glitz, glamor, fame and fortune--the D.N.C. may be all of that and more but for students waiting for their chance to rub elbows with the big news-makers this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Charlotte will be the center of a learning lab for the thousands of students in Charlotte Mecklenburg schools and area colleges to learn first hand how politics work. "This is a great opportunity for Democrats and Republicans alike, having something so big political here in Charlotte is just going to be amazing for the students and the faculty," said freshman Emmie Horadam, who is already the President of College Democrats at Queens University.
She volunteered on President Obama's campaign during the 2008 election. "I hope that getting the experience that I have now is going to make the jobs I'm going to have in the future a little easier," said Horadam. She will join about 10 thousand other volunteers to make sure the D.N.C. runs smoothly. "We're going to be interns, we're going to be running around, we're going to be sweaty, we're going to be doing whatever they need us to do," said Horadam.
"People who are good at networking figure out how to take advantage of those opportunities," said Eric Heberlig Political Science Associate Professor at UNC Charlotte.
The school is expanding its learning experience by moving classes from their main campus to Uptown Charlotte where students will have access to a 12 story satellite campus where they hope to have seminars, hold classes and maybe even catch a few of the heavy hitters come the week of the D.N.C.
Queens University and UNC Charlotte plan to offer classes targeted for the D.N.C. "It's history, history in the making right here," said Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx. History he hopes area students of all ages will be able to witness, "I think it's an incredible civic opportunity for college students and for K through 12 kids to get to see history up close," said Foxx.
Mark Kelso, the Political Science Chair at Queens University says this will be a learning experience for everyone, "Charlotte isn't often in the center of the national political scene but it will be." Kelso says the queen city could be the epicenter of some fierce political battles leading up to the 2012 election. "It's almost like a dream come true for a political scientist like this happens in your hometown," said Kelso.
Whether you're hoping to catch a glimpse of a few stars in town--or soak up knowledge from classes leading up to the D.N.C. one thing's for sure, you have some time to get plugged in as we reboot Charlotte.