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Page 4 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, March 9, 2017 ~ On Thursday, February ;23, 2017, the PluggedlnVA (PIVA) Precision Machining Cohort 12 and Mechatronics Cohort 13 and gave their capstone presentations at 4:00 PM. This culminating event for the two programs was held on the campus of Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) in Davis Hall. These cohorts were part of a series of 16 advanced manufacturing cohorts funded by the Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACC- CT) Round 4 Grant. The programs were provided through a partnership between Southwest Regional Adult Education (SRAE), SWCC, and the Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Virginia. The event began with a ;welcome by James Dye, Dean of Business, Engineering, and Industrial Technology. Linda Allen, SRAE's Program Manager, spoke about the role of adult education in the pro- grams. Adult education instruc- tor Willie Hunt introduced ,the precision machining cohort, and student Hunter Hess spoke about his expe- rience in the precision machining program. The students in the cohort dis- played an assortment of apstone presentations tools and gadgets, which they had made in the preci- sion machining lab, for guests to view. Adult education instruc- tors Karen Gent and Tammy Brown introduced the mechatronics cohort. Students of the mechatron- ics cohort gave a presenta- tion about the cohort in the format of a talk show called "The Yesterday Show" with student Justin Leonard serving as the host. The talk show was both informative and heart- warming as members of the mechatronics cohort along with instructors Karen Gent, Tammy Brown, and Ryan Lewis shared facts, perspectives, and experiences from the program in response to questions from the host. After the presentation, Gent and Brown presented Career Readiness Certificates to the students and announced Class Superlatives. The mecha- tronics students displayed their career portfolios for guests to view. Career coaches Sarah Etter and Courtney Baldwin then recognized students from both cohorts for the certifications they had earned during the course of the programs. The event concluded with a reception and tours of the precision machining and mechatronics labs. The five precision machining students who completed the program were Craig Deel, Niketta Ward, Reba Cook, Wesley Sparks, and Hunter Hess. The eight mechatronics students who completed the program were Michael Brooks, Bernard Cantrell, Noah Puckett, Cody Sheets, Blake Tuggle, Jesse Wetch, Dustin Stiltner, and Justin Leonard, During these contextu- alized programs, PIVA par- ticipants had the opportuni- ty to earn a GED certifi- cate (if needed), a Microsoft Digital Literacy Certificate, a Career Readiness Certificate, 29 college credits, a Career Studies Certificate, various industry certifications including First Aid/CPR/AED and OSHA 10. For information about. future PluggedlnVA pro- grams in the region, con- tact Southwest Regional Adult Education at 866- 581-9935. GED is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education. Used under license. The eight mechatronics students who completed the program were (pictured from left to right)... Michael Brooks, Bernard Cantrell, Noah Puckett, Cody Sheets, Blake Tuggle, Jesse Wetch, Dustin Stiltner, and Justin Leonard, The five precision machining students who completed the program were (pictured from left to right) Craig Deei, Niketta Ward, Reba Cook, Wesley Sparks, and Hunter Hess. Items of interest... The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority Board meeting will be held at ~ 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the Russell County Conference Center, Lebanon, Virginia. NOTIFICATION FROM REV. MIKE MOORE OF ST. PAUL BAPTIST CHURCH: We will be starting a "Wood Carving Club" for young people at our church. Boys and girls sixth grade and up are invited, in and out of our church, from St. Paul and Castlewood. The more the better - if they are interested we will deal with it. There will be an organizational meeting March 16 at 4 pm. I will need a parent to come with their child if possible, if not that is ok for now. As I said the first meeting will be organiza- tional, but also I will show the kids some of the things I have done with wood, talk about safety, maybe begin making a few wood cuts. Wood Sculpture by Mike Moore (Photo by Patsy Phillips) pics Compliments Pastor Jessie M. Jones 762-7963 Honor thy father and thy mother Well, I recorded this story some several years ago in the Clinch Valley Times and I'm sure that since then we have picked up some new readers and some that did read the story have forgotten it but it's one story that I'll never forget. My Dad was a share- cropper and when I was about 8 years old, we moved onto Mr. Arvil Porter's farm. The farm that adjoined up belonged to a gentleman named Sam Osborne. Sam had about 20 acres on a hillside over there that was completely covered with little thorn bushes about knee high. I guess that I was about 11 and he told me, "If you will grub that 20 acres of thorn bushes, pile them in piles and burn them, I'll give you a real pretty heifer." I took the job not know- ing how long it would be. So everyday that Dad did- n't have me in the field with him. I was over there digging thorn bushes. A lot of times when the moon would be shining at night, I would be digging at 12 o'clock at night or until the moon went down. When my little friends would come visit me, I'll always tell them, "Let's go dig some thorn bushes." I'd introduce them to a mat- tock and they wouldn't Come back very often. But, anyways, after a little over 2 years, I finally got the last ones dug up, piled up, and burned. Sam went out there and picked me out a very pretty heifer and it wasn't very long until she had a calf. Fall of the year come and we got our tobacco graded off and sold. Dad's part came to $320 which he had in sixteen $20 bills. That was the most money I'd ever seen. That had to do us until the tobacco was sold the following year. But Dad had a drinking problem and he got with a friend and went to the live- stock market. I begged him not to take his money with him but he said that he might find him a cow out there he could buy so he went on. He got well intox- icated, passed out there. When he came home the next morning, somebody had relieved him of his billfold and the $320. He had probably spent $5 or $6 of it on whiskey. He set and looked at his bibbed overall pocket and I saw tears trickle down his face. I said, "Dad, I'm going to give you my cow and calf and you go ahead and sell her and get some money." We had another old cow besides the one that we had to keep. He sold them and somehow we made it through another year. I didn't know that the Bible said to honor thy father and thy mother that thou days might be pro- longed upon the earth. I guess that about 20 years went by and one night I accepted Christ as my savior. I was fortunate enough to win my Mon and my Dad over to Jesus. Dad was saved about 18 months before he had to leave this walk of life at the age of 62. If I had it to do over, I'd gladly do it all over again. The Bible said that greater love hath no man that He would lay down His life for a friend. That's exactly what Jesus did for me. And did you know? He definite- ly did that for you also. Have you taken advan- tage of it yet? If not, accepting Jesus as your Savior would be my high- est recommendation. AIIEII HOMES IS ASSISTING fiNAL RELEASE OF ESTATE & ACCOUNT SETTLEMENT ON HOUSES, eooo :%..' :'." :C V : i c,v Stadium Theatres : Movie Hotlit~e FOr Showtimes 276-679,4252 Check Shqwtimes Online " We Fix: Basements, Crawlspaces, ] Cracked/Settling Foundations, Bowing Walls I I ! I : Serving you since 1972 CaltNow: 10% Limited Ttme Coupon ] I S~m~ Re,~i~-.'t~r~s .'NTP~y J