Cooper spends time with students, talks local issues


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Governor Roy Cooper spent some quality time with middle school students at the Blockade Runner in Wrightsville Beach Tuesday morning.

The kids were there learning more about a future in the hospitality industry. Cooper’s visit was part of his trip around the state for Students At Work Week.

The initiative is part of the governor’s NC Job Ready program, which he hopes will help prepare the state’s workforce for the jobs of today and the future.

“What we’re trying to do is get these kids aware of what kind of career path they can take very early in their lives,” Cooper said. “In middle school, they need to know that they don’t necessarily have to have two or four years of college to get a really good paying job.”

We got his take on some pressing local issues as well.

Cooper reacted to Brunswick County commissioners voting to remove offshore drilling from their agenda Monday night.

“The potential for a disaster, which could ruin our coastline and hurt our coastal tourism, hurt our commercial fishing, it’s too great of a risk for very little return,” Cooper said.

The governor recently spoke out about guns.

He wants the North Carolina legislature to pass new regulations that would require background checks and permits for those who wish to buy semi-automatic rifles.

“I believe in the second amendment, I believe people’s rights to own a gun. However, we need to work to keep the guns out of the hands of criminals and those who are severely, mentally ill,” Cooper said.

School calendars also go hand-in-hand with the tourism and hospitality industry. We asked the governor about school calendars, which do not have much wiggle room for make-up days.

Cooper says businesses have to work with schools. He also thinks local school boards should have more options.

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