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CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 Page 5 FOOD CITY SCHOOL BUCKS ... Connie Trent of Food City presented a check to Jody Evans, Principal of Saint Paul "Elementary School for the Food City School Bucks pro- gram. DONATION...Employees and management of Ryan, Inc. present- ed the St Paul Police Department with a generous donation for the :White Christmas. Accepting the cash and checks totaling almost $1800.00 is Chief of Police Bo Phillips. Chief Phillips wants to send his sincere appreciation to each and everyone who have made donations this year. Many chil- dren will be made very happy come Christmas morning. French earns scholar grant Cassie French, a 6th grade student at Castlewood Elementary School, was awarded a $100 scholarship grant to assist in her future educa- tional expenses from the United States Achievement Academy. Cassie was nominated by her 5th grade teacher, Cinnamon Couch, for her academic excellence, hard work, and many achieve- ments. Cassie will be featured in the USAAnational year- book. She is the daughter of Randall and Sherry French of Castlewood. Cassie French Organization issues Student successes prompt more free tech training The Regional Adult Education Program of Lee, Scott, Wise and Norton Public Schools announced a renewed partnership with Mountain Empire Community College and the Area 1 Workforce Investment Board to pro- vide free technology train- ing to a limited number of adult learners in early 2014. The program, PluggedlnVA IT, was offered for the first time in 2013. Based on the very high rate of student suc- cess, the program is being renewed in February, 2014. PluggedlnVA is designed to provide stu- dents the technology skills sought by area employers and is free of charge to those eligible. "So many jobs now require a knowl- edge of technology, what employers refer to as "IT" or information technolo- gy," stated Jan Stallard, PluggedlnVA IT Coordinator. "Many local adults left the classroom before computers became common in the workplace. With this program we help adults build upon their GED with computer skills expected by employers." Stallard cited a number of instances in which com- pletion of the PhiggedInVA It Program led to educational and employment success for students. More than half the 2013 graduates are cur- rently enrolled in programs at Mountain Empire Community College or have obtained employ- ment. Sandra Greene, a Pluggedln graduate who now works for Mountain Empire Older Citizens, credits the Program with giving her the skills and confidence she needs to succeed in the workplace. "I have to say Pluggedln changed my life for the better," Greene stated. 'The Program gave me my computer skills and it also boosted by self esteem. My success in the classroom gave me the confidence I needed to go out and find my job." "I am so thankful I took the Pluggedln Program and stuck with it," added Marcella Miles, now a full time student at Mountain health care report As the price of health Executive Director. Visitors states receiving a B. care increases, employers can learn more about knee Twenty-nine states scored a struggle to control costs and and shoulder surgery, CT E Lrginia ranks in the top maintain employee health scans, MRIs and over two seven states nationwide care benefits, dozen other commonly per- with a B for laws requiring One strategy increases formed services, collection of this informa- the amount employees pay tion and easy access to health care prices on VHI's website. Since its start in 1993, VIII has supported and advocated for health care transparency in Virginia. VHI is the non- profit organization the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes as Virginia's Consumer Health Infor- mation Portal. V'lrginia was one of just 7 states receiving an A or B for health care pricing transparency. Transparency in health care prices is a national issue with states taking on the challenges to collect and share this information with the.public. Virginia's efforts have not gone unnoticed. Earlier this year, Virginia was recognized as one of the top states for informa- tion on health care' prices. See parency_laws.asp. States varied quite a bit with two states graded an A and five communi W need super parents like you. 855-367-8637 or " in deductibles or co-pays. i With more money coming out of their pockets, infor- marion on the 'costs of care . can help consumers make : more informed health care purchasing decisions. Virginia Health Information has released the 2013 Health Care Pricing Report, available free to the public at http://www.vhi. org/health_care_prices.asp. As one of VHI's health care transparency reports, the pricing reports go well beyond just prices. Consumers can choose from over 30 services including tests, surgeries, doctor visits and emergency room care. For each service, VHI pro- vides: -- A clear description of the service -- Why you may need the service -- Links to videos on the service and more details from experts -- The average amount health insurance companies , pay providers. "What is unique about our report is not only pro- viding the what and why for the service, but comparisons . of costs between similar ser- vices provided in a doctor's ; office, ambulatory surgical center or hospital, says Michael T. Lundberg, VHI's Empire Community College. "The math, writ- ing and IT skills I learned through the program have become the basis for my success in every single class I am taking at MECC. Pluggedln is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who wants to move for- ward with higher education or with a better job." Miles plans to complete the Nursing Associate Degree Leading to RN at MECC. The coursework is rig- orous, and successful 'applicants will be commit- ting to classes three evenings each week from mid February to early June. Adults will complete the program with industry-rec- ognized credentials that will prepare them for better jobs and higher wages. Students will earn Microsoft IT certification and 12 credit hours from MECC toward an IT Readiness Career Studies Certificate. Applicants must be GED graduates or expect to obtain a GED by December 31 of this year. Applications are being taken now, and space is limited. Interested individ- uals are urged to call 877 RACE 2 GED (877.722.3243) or e-mail Jan Stallard at In addition, the Regional Adult Education Program offers free Adult Education classes through- out the region to prepare students for the GED( Exam. For details call Amy at 877 RACE 2 GED (877.722.3243) or in Scott County 386.2433 or go to These services are offered by the Regional Adult Education Program of Lee, Scott, Wise and Norton Public Schools. sti The Mr. Giovanni's man and . ,, i ?, It staff would like k everyone a very Merry Chriatm-fis00'0000 and a Happy New Year!