More than 100 local business and industry partners were saluted earlier this month for their support of students as part of the Yolo County Office of Education’s Career Technical Education and Regional Occupation Program.
The partners were honored specifically for their work in serving on advisory committees, providing internship and job shadow opportunities for students, participating on interview panels for students applying for the Work Ready Certificate and other related student support activities.
Certificates of appreciation were presented to businesses by representatives from the Office of Education, state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis. Yolo County Schools Superintendent Jorge Ayala and trustees William Owens, Shelton Yip and Jesse Ortiz assisted.
An estimated 120 certificates were issued to individuals and businesses who have helped Yolo County students. Those present included Susan Shelton, Earthen Fire Pottery; Susan Kirby, Da Vinci Charter Academy; Rebeka Casey and Bob Garson, GRID Alternatives; Natasha Kohn, Landucci, Bick, Matter, Johnson & Martin, LLP; Donna Flor and Herb Garman, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts; Bob Bachmeier, Next Ed/Project Lead the Way; Barbara Butterfield and Kate Schulenberg, PG&E; Patricia Risser, retired counselor; William Kelly and Renee Solari, SunPower Corp.; Lynn Martindale, UC Davis School of Education; Joan Herrera, Woodland Adult Education; Kristy Wright, Woodland Chamber of Commerce; Pam Duey, Woodland Veterinary Hospital; Alison Flory and Dani Thomas, Yolo Arts; Janis Holt, Yolo County Housing; John Mott-Smith, Yolo Energy Watch; Kelley Jacobsen and Christine Blackman, Yolo Federal Credit Union; Eric Dyer, career technical education instructor, Woodland High School; David Bayne, career education instructor, Pioneer High School; and Chris Novello, culinary arts instructor, Winters High School.