Business partners and local
community leaders gathered at Warren Technical School on Tuesday, April 16,
2019 for an appreciation luncheon for their support of students and staff.
Hosted by the Work Based Learning coordinators, the culinary team, the
hospitality team, and other school personnel, our guests enjoyed a delicious
lunch while continuing to exchange ideas with pathway teachers and with each
Principal Neal opened the event by extending a heartfelt welcome
to guests, shared the school vision, and some of the accomplishments of our
students. Assisted by the hospitality team, our award winning culinary team
served a delicious meal of a mixed green salad followed by pimento cheese
stuffed chicken with green beans and creamy duchess potatoes. They finished off
the meal with a choice of chocolate ganache cake and vanilla cake filled with
lemon curd. Members of Young Men of Distinction and Confident Ladies Acquiring
Social Success directed parking and served as hosts and hostesses to greet guests
as they arrived for this wonderful occasion.
The guest speaker for the occasion was Mrs. Linnet Miller who is founder and director of Ego-Ideal, Inc. Mrs. Miller delivered a very heartfelt message that appealed to employers and business leaders to look at the “abilities” and not the “disabilities” of special needs students. Her vision driven from that thought led her to begin Ego-Ideal, Inc. Her emotional story of how she approached her own son’s disability (abilities) helped him to overcome those perceived obstacles and today hold a job really inspired those who sat and attentively listened.
Dr. David Collins, the district’s Teacher of the Year, and Michelle Christian, Director of Programs for Tommy Nobis Center were recognized for their contributions to the students.
Programs set up displays in the cafeteria where guests mixed and mingled as students showed off their projects and explained aspects of their individual pathways. This gave visitors an opportunity to explore and examine some of the students’ work while learning more about the skills they learned and practiced every day.
Guests then dispersed into classrooms of each of the various
pathways to consult with teachers and provide input on industry trends and
workforce needs for teachers to incorporate into their lesson plans so that
they ensure students are prepared to enter into the workforce.