SJR State honors local teens in learning initiative
St. Johns River State College recently held a ceremony to honor 18 Putnam County teens for their successful completion of the Data Busters program, an employment and job skills program offered by the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency (NFCAA). The College partnered with the NFCAA this summer to provide the classroom instruction component. Students also participated in on-site work experiences with local businesses.
During the ceremony, Lyleigha Golden was presented with the "highest overall achievement" award and received a desktop computer and printer. She was also recognized for the top PowerPoint presentation. La'Diamond Hightower was awarded a laptop computer as the runner-up for highest overall achievement.
Dimitri Dock received an award for best job site performance with Mt. Zion Temple located in Crescent City.
Additional participants included Jerome Anderson, Keideria Daniels, Jhamyd Floyd, Ronkyysh Grant, Dantavious Kelly, Timothy Kelly, Jarvis Melton, Apasia Miller, Shinara Nelson, Tamera Roberts, Zachary Robinson, Nicholas Simmons, Steven Simmons, De'Monterio Watts and Livingston Winters.
The NFCAA was created as part of the 1964 Economic Opportunity Act in Duval County and offers programs that teach people to earn and maintain an income, and ultimately achieve self-sufficiency, as well as sustain a healthy lifestyle and higher standards of living. NFCAA believes that a combination of all of these factors allows families to succeed and give back to their communities.
According to the NFCAA, students were selected based on need, scholastic record, classroom initiative and commitment potential.
Top right: SJR State partnered this summer with the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency to offer a job skills program for local teens. Lyleigha Golden (center) was recognized as the program's highest overall achiever. From left: Emmanuel Roberts, NFCAA services manager; Ron Howell, NFCAA program coordinator; Linda Myers, NFCAA board member and Palatka Mayor Vernon Myers.
Bottom left: Data Busters participant La'Diamond Hightower (center) was recognized as the runner-up for overall achievement. From left: Emmanuel Roberts, NFCAA services manager; Ron Howell, NFCAA program coordinator; Linda Myers, NFCAA board member and Palatka Mayor Vernon Myers.
Bottom right: Data Busters participant Dimitri Dock (center) was recognized for his job site performance. From left: Ron Howell, NFCAA program coordinator; Emmanuel Roberts, NFCAA services manager; Linda Myers, NFCAA board member and Palatka Mayor Vernon Myers.
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