On March 4, VBCOA First Vice President David Beahm, Second Vice President Gregg Fields, Sergeant-at-Arms Pete Mensinger, HSTTP Co-Chair Thomas Braddock, along with Jim Ellwood and Robert Sale from ICC, presented information and showed their support of the High School Technical Training Program at Abingdon High School in Abingdon, Virginia.
Administrators and trades teachers from Abingdon High School attended the meeting, as did representatives from Wise County, Southwest Community College and the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Region I building officials and several Region I members also participated to pledge support to their respective schools. Angie Lawson, principal of the Grayson County High School Cate Center, previously implemented HSTTP into her school’s existing program and wanted to encourage other educators to provide this opportunity to their students. This was arguably the best turnout for an HSTTP event because every county in the region had representation at the meeting.
As a result of this event, several schools in the region have verbally committed to participating in the program. The work is clearly not over, as they strive towards getting every technical school in the state to sign up for the program.
A special thanks goes out to all of the people who helped organized this event including Jimmy Moss, Mike Yingling, Josh Davidson, Jada Black and all those who helped to make this event such a great success. For more information about HSTTP, contact Thomas Braddock at firstname.lastname@example.org or LaToya Burden at email@example.com.