Five Scotland County residents recognized at regional banquet

By Abbi Overfelt

September 19, 2013

LUMBERTON — The Lumber River Workforce Development Board on Tuesday held its annual Recognition Banquet at the Robeson County Department of Social Services, at which five residents of Scotland County were recognized.

Participants were recognized for their work with the federally funded Workforce Investment Act Program, which works to help employ and train adults, dislocated workers and youth.

Laurinburg Housing Authority was recognized as the program’s Business of the Year, with Nancy Walker accepting the award. Cathy Burton Bethea, of Wagram, was recognized as the Adult of the Year; Yasmine Garcia, of Laurinburg, was recognized as the Older Youth of the Year and Tre’vondte’ McQueen, of Wagram, was acknowledged as the Younger Youth of the Year.

Jay Todd, of Laurinburg, received the Dr. Stanley A. Richardson Award for Workforce Development Board Member of the Year. This award is named in honor of the late Dr. Stanley A. Richardson, a devoted board member and a longtime educator from Bladen County who was an avid advocate for youth and education during this tenure.

Participants were evaluated and selected based on two criteria: the barriers or hardships they overcame to successfully complete the program or a workforce development activity, and the nominee’s accomplishments. Businesses were selected based on how the business has positively contributed to the local and state economy and improved workforce employment and training opportunities. All selections were weighted equally by the agency-specific selection committees.

Nominations were submitted by Scotland County Schools and the Scotland County JobLink Career Center, both partners of the Lumber River Workforce Development Board.