PRESS RELEASE – Prince George Youth Workforce Academy Commencement Ceremony

CONTACT: Sharon Jadrnak, Program Coordinator, (804)732-7548, smjadrnak@yahoo.com

LOCATION: N.B. Clements Junior High School, 7800 Laurel Spring Road, Prince George, 23875

Local youth from Prince George will be recognized for completing the 2016 Youth Workforce Academy (PG YWA) at a commencement ceremony on Monday, August 29 at 7:00 pm at N.B. Clements Junior High School.

For the second year in a row, Prince George County, Prince George County Public Schools, and Prince George Promise partnered to offer this youth workforce development program to local students. In June, the PG YWA was recognized by the National Association of Counties (NaCo) with a 2016 Achievement Award in the category of employment and training.

William (Bill) Havard will be the keynote speaker at the commencement. Mr. Havard retired from the Prince George Public Schools in 2014 after a long career in education. He most recently spent twenty-five years as the director of Guidance at Prince George High School.

A total of twenty-eight 8th and 9th grade students participated in this work-based learning activity. After applying and being selected in February, the students took a series of after school classes taught by volunteer instructors from the community. After completing the curriculum, students were placed with a local employer for a summer internship.

This year’s employers included the Appomattox Regional Library System, Joint Logistics Managers, Inc. (JLMI), Prince George County, and Prince George County Public Schools. Funding for the program this year was provided by the District 19 Community Services Board.