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The third annual Perma-Fix Career Day Scholarships have been awarded to graduates of each of the five Roane County high schools.
This year’s recipients are David “Tre” Pack, Harriman High; Patricia Howe, Midway High; Char-Lee Roberts, Oliver Springs High; Eric Luffman, Roane County High; and Kelsey Legg, Rockwood High.
The recipients, each of whom was awarded a $250 scholarship, applied for the awards during their junior year while participating in the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Career Day.
“We want to encourage and help students to continue their education after high school,” said Kenyon Mee, facility manager for Diversified Scientific Services Inc., a subsidiary of Perma-Fix Environmental Services in Kingston.
To be eligible for the scholarships, high school juniors attending Career Day must visit the Perma-Fix table to apply.
On the application, they must indicate their plans to seek postsecondary education by either attending college or a technical center or taking workforce training courses.
“We have another five seniors who will receive Perma-Fix Scholarships next year as a result of their participation in this year’s Career Day,” Mee said. “The names will be announced next year, when the students are graduating.”
More than 500 Roane County high school juniors annually attend the Career Day at Roane State Community College.
“Companies like Perma-Fix support the career fair because they know how important it is for students to continue their education after high school,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance.
“Our graduating students need additional education and skills necessary for them to be employable and competitive in the global economy,” he added. “Either a two- or four-year college degree, or vocational training that earns a marketable skill or certification, is needed in today’s labor market.”
The annual Career Day is possible because of the combined support of The Roane Alliance, Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee, Roane County Schools, Roane State, Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman and many participating businesses.
The program is a part of The Alliance’s Education Matters! initiative.
The Chamber is a partner in The Roane Alliance, Roane County's economic development organization.
The partners who operate under The Alliance umbrella along with the Chamber include the Industrial Development Board and Visitors Bureau.