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Shelby County Area Tech Center Honors Students with Signing Ceremonies

We’ve all seen the pictures of our high school athletes signing to play on college teams and celebrating the student’s accomplishments. In that same spirit, the Shelby County Area Technology Center has had several celebrations and signings this week. On Friday, May 21st two Shelby County ATC students “signed” to work and serve as an apprentice in local industries. Today, May 24th, four more students “signed” to work in the local industry. 


First to sign on Friday was Shelby County High School Senior, Logan West. Logan will work with Brandeis Machinery and Supply Company in Louisville Kentucky. Teacher Will Hardesty announced that one of Logan’s accomplishments was achieving his Entry Level ASE Certification in Inspection Maintenance and Minor Repair. Logan also received his OSHA 10 Certification as well. Mr. Hardesty bragged that Logan displayed a great work ethic in the classroom and is always ready to further his learning, which “is what the industry needs.” Will Barnett from Brandeis expressed his excitement to have Logan on board.  “Our program is the first industry-recognized apprenticeship program in the country. I’m excited to bring someone in from my hometown.”


Nathan Tucker, a Senior at Shelby County High School, is graduating a year early.  After discussions with his family and a lot of hard work, he made a decision and made it happen! Nathan “signed” to work with CAT. Representatives from the company were at the ATC along with friends and family to congratulate him.  Nathan thanked his teacher, Will Hardesty, Ms. Sara Greene, principal of the ATC, and many others for helping him reach his goals.


Today, May 24th, four individuals shared their future job opportunities. Cujuan Rock, a student at Martha Layne Collins High School who attends the Cultivate Academy signed with AMCOR Flexibles. AMCOR is a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home- and personal care, and other products. Principal Sara Greene said that Cajuan has experienced an incredible transformation in the industrial maintenance pathway. Teacher Jesse McCollum said, “this is one of the reasons I teach. Cajun is a great example of what Career and Technical Education is about. He was always one of the first ones on the machines and ready to train. He shows respect and has great manners. He has a drive that has helped him come out on top. I’m very proud of him.” Steve Wernert, electrical maintenance supervisor for AMCOR said, “Cujuan is dedicated and hungry to learn. We look forward to seeing him further his education and career. 


Turner Goree is a Shelby County High School Student who attended the Big Picture Learning Academy. Studying welding for three years at the Shelby County Area Technology Center led him to accept a position at Roll Forming Corporation here in Shelbyville. During the signing ceremony, Turner’s teacher, Mr. Seaton presented a piece of bent metal to the audience. He explained that the metal was part of a test and Turner passed the bend test with flying colors. Upon being hired at the ATC, Mr. Seaton was given the task of helping students to become certified in their industry.  He said, “I thought it would be a tall order to help students get their certifications but they have done it!” He bragged about Turner's recent participation in a welding competition where he was awarded a $1000 scholarship to the Kentucky Welding Institute. “Roll Forming is getting a determined and talented worker.”  Bruce McIntosh, Project Supervisor, from Roll Forming said, “We encourage all employees to do their best and to learn and move up in the corporation. We know they are here to make money and that opportunity is there. Turner will be working with the Amazon project to supply 2.2 million pods. We want quality work and he will be a part of that.”  Turner’s Dad shared that Turner visited a job fair at Roll Forming and came home and announced that he will start June 1st. “He has lots of ambitious plans and we are proud.”


Eminence Independent student Quinten Rader will begin working at Microplastics in Shelbyville. Teacher Jesse McCollum said that Microplastics has hired an all-star. “He has great skills and abilities and is also a great leader. Quinten is eager and respectful and one of the best we have! He always asks the right questions. Quinten interned during school at Superb IPC where he practiced his welding skills and honed his craft. 


Michael Haynes, a Spencer County High School student, began the welding program in his junior year. He, too, worked for Superb IPC and was recently employed by Gibbs Innovative Manufacturing. Michael said, “ At the ATC, I met people with similar interests. Welding was what I wanted to do.  Trevor at Superb IPC taught me so much as well on the job. When Gibbs Innovative Manufacturers offered me a job, I was stoked because I saw another piece of my future.  I know I will carry on with my career and learn even more.”