ACT Student Wins National Masonry Honor

For Dakota Claypool all the hard work paid off, and it has a silver tint to it. Claypool, a recent graduate of the Academy of Careers and Technology’s masonry program, won a silver medal at the SkillsUSA national competition this past summer in Kansas City, Mo., according to Raleigh County Board of Education spokesman Dave Traube. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Claypool was among 32 other state champions competing for the top honor in the masonry competition, said Traube.

‘I was confident, but it was a little nerve-wracking working around so many other people,” said Claypool. “I was well prepared though and knew what I had to do.” Claypool and his fellow competitors had six hours to finish construction on a 50 x 15 project, using the masonry skills they had learned during their school careers. “Judges frequently stopped Claypool to make sure he was following all the rules — because they couldn’t fathom how he was keeping his project so clean,” reported Traube.

Claypool credited his success partly to ACT masonry instructor Edwin Radford. “I scored so high on the cleanliness of the project because I was so well prepared,” said Claypool. “ACT and my instructor Mr. Radford ignited a passion for masonry in me. “It helped me succeed at (the SkillsUSA) competition and is translating into real-life work experience.” After the competition Claypool was able to secure some local work and hopes to land an apprenticeship in the Beckley area in the coming months.

Radford said he hopes for the same for his talented student. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m in it to win it, when it comes to competitions like this,” said Radford. “But when my students can come in and share with me how they used a learned skill to make a nice living for themselves, that’s all that matters. “There’s truly nothing better.”

Claypool is furthering his education and is now enrolled at ACT as an adult student. -- Jessica Farrish REGISTER-HERALD REPORTER

Community Education Schedule Released
The schedule for ACT's popular community education program has been released for the Fall semester. Check out the courses, scheduled to begin mid- to late-September...and check back often as additional courses are added.

Cosmetology Applications Available
Adult student application forms and registration requirements for the new Cosmetology program are now available. Registration for all adult classes begins at the school on July 1.

Graduation Ceremony Held
Approximately 220 students completing programs received their certificates of completion at ACT's annual graduation ceremony held at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center on Thursday, May 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

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Cosmetology Entrance Exam Scheduled
Adults wishing to apply for the new Cosmetology program at ACT must sit for the pre-entrance examination for consideration. Testing is available at the Raleigh County Adult Learning Center located at 306 South Kanawha Street in Beckley. Candidates can call 304-256-3964 to schedule an appointment. Available times are Monday - Friday from 09:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Individuals will also have access to review materials onsite beginning May 19, 2014. View the Cosmetology page for more information about the program.

Rickey Dillard Selected 2014 Service Personnel Employee of the Year
It was the service personnel of Raleigh County who got their time in the limelight Thursday. At the 17th annual School Service Personnel Employee of the Year Banquet, the men and women who keep the wheels of the school system turning were given awards honoring their hard work. “This is where we honor from each of the departments a person who has been recognized by their peers as being exemplary in their performance and the personnel of the year,” Superintendent Jim Brown said. “The person of the year will have the opportunity to compete at the state level. “It’s a great opportunity for our employees and their families to come hear about how their colleagues perceive them and what great people they are in our schools system.”

Brown said service personnel are the foundation of the school system. “They get our kids to school every day,” he said. “They feed them. Our secretaries do an outstanding job keeping everything afloat. They just make everything run so smoothly. I would tell you that Raleigh county probably has some of the best service personnel across the state. They do a fantastic job supporting our students and it's only right for us to recognize the work that they do.”

BOE President Rick Snuffer said service personnel should be aware of the impact they have on people.“People remember you,” he said. “I tell people all the time, and I'm not dishing on teachers, but I can remember my bus drivers, who my cooks were, and who the janitors were. I have to really think hard to remember my teachers. Those others were the first people that I saw. The first day I went to school, the first person I saw was the bus driver. The first person I saw in the office was the secretary. The guy poking up the furnace was the custodian. I met the cook at lunch. She had a smile and wanted to make us all feel good. That's important because service personnel set the environment of the school.”

Five men and women were finalists in the race for the title of "Employee of the Year," but there could only be one.
  · Shanna McDaniels at the Central Office was the Office -Clerical employee of the Year.
  · Samuel White of Stanaford Elementary School was Aide of the Year.
  · Danny Bowyer of the Transportation Department was Transportation Employee of the Year.
  · Joyce Carpenter of Daniels Elementary School was Child Nutrition Employee of the Year.
  · Ricky Dillard of the Academy of Careers and Technology was Custodial-Maintenance Employee of the Year.

At the end of the night, Ricky Dillard was announced to be the 2014 Service Personnel Employee of the Year in Raleigh County.

The five finalists were given $150 from the Beckley Area Foundation and the Ford Family Fund. Dillard said he needed to make sure he thanked God for the blessing of winning the award. “Without him I would be nothing,” he said. “I always give him praise in anything I do. I've very thankful for this award. I've been working for 33 years for Raleigh County. I've worked for a lot of principals and they have been really good to me. Teamwork and getting along with your personnel is the key. Anything that’s ever asked of you, just try your best. I'm so overwhelmed. I never dreamed it would be me. I'm just tickled to death,” Dillard concluded.
--from The Register-Herald, May 9, 2014


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