Approximately 300 business advisors and staff attended the 2009 Warren County Career Center Business Advisory Kickoff Oct. 15. Each high school and adult program has an advisory committee of representatives from business and industry who assist instructors and coordinators with keeping curriculum and equipment current to industry standards. Business advisors also offer internship and mentoring opportunities for students and employment for some when they complete their programs. WCCC programs offer industry certifications and college credit; ensuring students are well prepared for the job market and for further education.
Included in the evening was the inaugural induction into the Warren County Career Center Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. Three graduates were honored, Matthew Murray, Paula Ivins Kingston and John Wonderly.
Murray, a 1995 graduate from the Occupational Work Experience program, is produce manager at the Centerville Kroger store. His supervisor, Randy Eldridge, said that he has “provided a mature leadership base for his fellow workers and managerial associates.”
Kingston, a 1983 graduate of the Cosmetology program, owns Lucid salon in Lebanon. She distinguished herself in the cosmetology field as an international trainer for Aveda and then a top hair stylist in New York City at the Aveda and Oscar Bond salons. She serves on the Cosmetology business advisory committee, provides internships for WCCC students, and has employed several WCCC alumni.
Wonderly, a 1982 graduate of the Carpentry program, owns and operates Wonderly Architectural Woodworking. He was the SkillsUSA (called VICA at that time) national Gold Medal winner in Carpentry in 1982, the only one to win at nationals in carpentry in the school’s history. He is now the proud parent of a WCCC Culinary senior, Kasey.
The WCCC Culinary Tech Prep students prepared and served the meal for the event, and Graphic Arts Tech Prep students designed and printed the placemats.