Vocational center graduates those who are career-ready

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By Amy Wallot
amy.wallot@education.ky.gov

Mental illness led Stephanie Cesare to some very, very dark places. But these days, things are looking brighter for her. Now, she is a cosmetology graduate of the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center and is already employed.

Cesare gave the most candid speech I have heard at a commencement. She openly discussed her illness and the path her life had been on. She discussed how being at the center helped her reach a positive point in her life. She served as president of the Student Government Organization and was awarded the Citizenship Award. Her honesty brought many in the room to tears. It was truly inspiring.

The Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center assists individuals with disabilities become employable. They provide training in multiple areas, including food services, building maintenance, grounds keeping and office technology. Students can live on campus or commute. The program length depends on the area studied. Once students complete their program, they are invited to return to the center to participate in the annual commencement.

“I’m so proud of the work that is being done here,” said Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Thomas Zawacki.

“You have the skills to provide real value to your future employers,” he told the graduates.

Cosmetology graduate Stephanie Cesare heads to the stage after being named the recipient of the Citizenship Award during the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center 41st Commencement.  Photo by Amy Wallot, June 12, 2015
Cosmetology graduate Stephanie Cesare heads to the stage after being named the recipient of the Citizenship Award during the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center 41st Commencement.
Photo by Amy Wallot, June 12, 2015
Graduate Mason Wood says goodbye with a hug to friend and fellow student Felicia Vincent before the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center 41st Commencement. Wood graduated from the office technology program and would like to one day work as a puppeteer.  Photo by Amy Wallot, June 12, 2015
Graduate Mason Wood says goodbye with a hug to friend and fellow student Felicia Vincent before the ceremony. Wood graduated from the office technology program and would like to one day work as a puppeteer.
Photo by Amy Wallot, June 12, 2015
Alonza Myers, a food service program graduate, waves to a friend before the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center 41st Commencement.  Photo by Amy Wallot, June 12, 2015
Alonza Myers, a food service program graduate, waves to a friend.
Photo by Amy Wallot, June 12, 2015
Jaelon Taft, from Radcliff, applauds his fellow graduates as they line up before the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center 41st Commencement. Taft graduated from the building maintenance program. Photo by Amy Wallot, June 12, 2015
Jaelon Taft, from Radcliff, applauds his fellow graduates as they line up before the commencement. Taft graduated from the building maintenance program.
Photo by Amy Wallot, June 12, 2015
Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Thomas Zawacki speaks during the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center 41st Commencement.  Photo by Amy Wallot, June 12, 2015
Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Thomas Zawacki speaks to the graduates.
Photo by Amy Wallot, June 12, 2015
Carmon Pelfry, from Clay City graduated from the auto lube/detailing program at the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center.  Photo by Amy Wallot, June 12, 2015
Carmon Pelfry, from Clay City graduated from the auto lube/detailing program with honors.
Photo by Amy Wallot, June 12, 2015

 

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