Career Builders recognizes 21 seniors at reception

At a reception at the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, StaffingSolutions recognized 21 Blount County high school seniors for their participation in the Career Builders Program. The program, which began in 1993, was established to help educate students about the business world and the career opportunities available in Blount County.

Each student received a certificate for his or her participation, and the teacher sponsors, who play an important role in the program, were also recognized.

Kerri Woolwine from Heritage High School was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from StaffingSolutions for her participation in the program. The scholarship can be used toward continuing her education at the school or training facility of her choice.
"Career Builders has been an exciting and rewarding experience for the last few months, giving me the chance of a lifetime to explore possibilities that I would have never looked at before," said Woolwine.

Additionally, Charles Davison, Katie Taylor, Stephanie Wilson and Woolwine from Heritage High School, along with Danny Coleman from Alcoa High School, were recognized for their perfect attendance in the program.

"I am always impressed with the students that participate in this program, and it’s so difficult to determine who will win the scholarship," said Virginia Hardwick, coordinator of the Career Builders program for StaffingSolutions. "I hope that every student that participates graduates with a better understanding of the skills that are needed to be successful in a variety of professions. One of my other goals of this program is to showcase the tremendous opportunities that are available right here in Blount County. We want to keep these talented students in our work force, and I hope Career Builders helps to do that."

Parents, students and teachers at the reception also had the opportunity to hear from and talk to George Williams, the executive director and founder of the Richard Williams Leadership Academy. The academy is a youth development initiative of New Trinity Tabernacle and Life Covenant Ministries Church of God in Christ.

StaffingSolutions has sponsored the Career Builders Program since 1993, and more than 220 students have been through the program. Students from Alcoa, Greenback, Heritage, Maryville, Maryville Christian and William Blount High Schools are invited to participate in the program.

Local high school seniors participating in this year’s program include: Angela Benson, Jennifer Chin, Danny Coleman, Kandace Edwards and Lester Parker from Alcoa High School; Charles Davison, Cayce Roberts, Katie Taylor, Stephanie Wilson and Kerri Woolwine from Heritage High School; Brooke Bowman, Katie Russ, Michael Christopher, Spenser Jarvis and Paige Miller from Maryville High School; and Stephanie Boring, Will Chambers, Ashley Dorsey, Nicole Lawhorn, Eric Lynch and Alicia Martinez from William Blount High School. Teachers sponsors include: Robin Hitson and Karleen Brooker from Alcoa High School, Connie Roberts from Heritage High School, Sherri McCall from Maryville High School and Denise Long from William Blount High School.

This year’s Career Builders participants toured Chroma, Denso, the Blount County Justice Center, the Daily Times, Alcoa, the Maryville Municipal Building, Clayton Vanderbilt and Skier’s Choice.

"This program would not possible without the continued support of our area business leaders," said Hardwick. "I want to thank everyone that has made this program a success."

For more information about the Career Builders Program, please call Virginia Hardwick at 865-982-9480.

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