Jeremy Gray named a 2019 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar

Jeremy Gray, standing 5th from the right. (CLTCC)

MANY, La. (CLTCC) - Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) Sabine Valley Campus welding student Jeremy Gray has been named a 2019 New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship.

Gray was honored Thursday at the Association of Community College Trustees Congress in San Francisco, California.

“Jeremy has been an inspiration to our student body, especially to adult learners, that one can achieve the unthinkable,” said Gwen Fontenot, campus dean of CLTCC’s Sabine Valley Campus. “Despite many obstacles, he has remained focused and committed to his academic studies in the welding program and excelled with his involvement in student government. Jeremy can often be seen volunteering for campus events and mentoring his fellow classmates.”

The scholarship is the first of its kind to support students at associate degree-granting institutions who plan to enter the workforce upon the completion of a degree or certificate on a national scale. The program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa.

“Education helps ensure that young people can realize their full potential,” said Helen Price, president of The Coca-Cola Foundation. “The Coca-Cola Foundation places a high priority on supporting education to help build strong communities.”

New Century Workforce Pathway Scholars are selected based on their academic accomplishments, leadership, activities and how they extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom. More than 2,000 students were nominated from across the country. Only one New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar was selected from each state.

“This is an extremely prestigious award and a great honor for Jeremy to be selected as the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar for Louisiana,” said CLTCC Chancellor James Sawtelle. “We are incredibly proud of Jeremy and his commitment to learning, increasing his skills and helping his fellow students achieve their goals.”

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