The TENCO Workforce Investment Board held their 2005 Awards Ceremony at Sheltowee Trail Country Club, Morehead, on October 27.
The Workforce Investment Board is comprised of individuals representing business, industry and partners of the One-Stop Career Centers. The goals of the Board are to ensure the alignment of services, programs and the One-Stop System with workforce demands to provide the foundation for positive economic strides in the local, regional, and global economy.
Don Davis, representing Ashland Oil Inc. was recognized for his outstanding service during the past two years as the Board Chair. The TENCO Chief Elected Official, Mason County Judge Executive James "Buddy" Gallenstein, swore in the new chair, Wayne Darnell, Community Trust Bank.
The highlight of the evening was the Award Ceremony. The TENCO Workforce Investment Board recognized outstanding achievement in workforce development. Among those recognized were several Lewis County citizens.
A&B Auto was awarded the Outstanding Small Business Partnership Award from the TENCO WIA Board due to being a company that not only prepares youth for a brighter future, but takes a strong interest in their lives.
A&B Auto has partnered with the Lewis County WIA program for the past five years. Owners April and Bill Justice, embraced the opportunity to work with the challenges that many youth face. Throughout five years, they have taught work readiness skills, trained youth in basic auto-mechanic procedures and served as a guide and mentor for WIA participants.
By offering employment opportunities, A&B Auto has proven that they are willing to give youth a chance, and show them that success is possible regardless of their life obstacles. April & Bill also offer their time to the community through volunteering for the Relay for Life, Hospice of Hope and many church activities.
Dezarae Polley Sammons was awarded the Outstanding Older Youth Award. She enrolled in the Lewis County WIA youth program in September of 2002 with a dream and a desire to become an elementary teacher.
As Dezarae excelled in the youth program, gaining job preparation, personal leadership skills, and work experience hours, her motivation for teaching became apparent. She explained that more than anything else, she wanted to be a role model for children. Her belief is that everyone has obstacles to overcome. Some are just more visible than others. Her goal is to help children see that they can be successful regardless of their challenges.
The WIA program was proud to provide Dezarae with a scholarship to attend Shawnee State University and make her dream a reality. Dezarae graduated from Shawnee State University in 2005 and is now employed with the Greenup County School District.
Tyler Howington was awarded the Outstanding Younger Youth Award.
If you knew Tyler during his freshman year of school, you may have never predicted his success. However, Tyler had a dream of being on the varsity basketball team. That dream motivated him to become the person he is today.
Through athletics, Tyler met several mentors and teachers that greatly impacted his life. He began playing intramural basketball and volunteered as an assistant coach/manager for the basketball team. Tyler won the respect and admiration of the coaches through his hard work and willingness to learn. He not only achieved his goal of playing on the Varsity basketball team, but also emerged as one of the most improved players and won all-district honors.
Tyler was enrolled in the Lewis County WIA youth program at the Lewis County High School. WIA case managers assisted Tyler in job preparation, leadership, mentoring, work experience and career planning to ensure Tyler achieved his future goals.
Tyler graduated from Lewis County High School in 2004. He is now employed as a Riverboat Deckhand with Crounse Corporation in Maysville.
Rhonda Buckner was presented with the Outstanding Adult Award.
Buckner, a non-traditional student enrolled in the Medical Office program at Rowan Technical College, was recognized for her hard work and dedication to fulfilling her employment and training goal. Rhonda participated in the services offered through the TENCO WIA program, and was provided with a WIA scholarship in order to achieve her goal. Rhonda contributed to her own success by making the Dean's List every semester and graduated in May 2004 with High Distinction Honors and a 4.0 grade point average.
Rhonda is employed at the Lewis County Health Department as a Family Support worker. She is proud to have the opportunity to work in her own community and utilize the skills she obtained from her training.
To learn more about the WIA services and the One-Stop Career Centers, visit us online at www.tenco-onestop.ky.gov or call at 800-998-4347.