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Debbie Hamrick

Friday, October 12, 2012

Franklin County educators and businesses were recognized on Sept. 27 for outstanding contributions to workforce development in the Western Virginia.

Franklin County Public Schools Adult Education Program was named training provider of the year by the Western Virginia Workforce Development Board for innovative practices, positive learning environment and varied teaching methods.

In the last year, the adult education program served more than 330 individuals with more than 100 earning their GEDs and four earning high school diplomas. The program offers classes nearly any time of day in a variety of formats and locations to ensure success.

Through grant funding, "no one is denied this opportunity for lack of money, said program director Debbie Hamrick.

Amy Pendleton, director of the Franklin County Perinatal Education Center, was recognized for her work with new and soon-to-be parents.

In addition to infant care and family issues, she works with parents to recognize the benefits of education and a career in supporting a child. She encourages them to pursue education and training with referrals to The Franklin Center in Rocky Mount.

Solution Matrix of Rocky Mount, as business of the year, has hired more than 25 people since coming to Rocky Mount in 2011. The company established both a child care center and a school to assist employees with the challenges outside the workplace that can jeopardize success in the workplace. The company's satisfaction with the assistance in recruiting and hiring from The Franklin Center has led them to trying to lure more businesses to Virginia and Franklin County.

The annual event is sponsored by Pathways To Opportunity through the Western Virginia Workforce Development Board.

 
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