Dec. 20, 2006 — During a graduation ceremony held Dec. 18 in the auditorium of the St. Croix Educational Complex, 54 residents received certificates of completion of training in the Industrial Craft Training Program. The Industrial Craft Training Program, funded entirely by HOVENSA, is operated at night at the St. Croix Career and Technical Education Center by Pinnacle Services in cooperation with the Departments of Education and Labor.
Seven (7) persons received certificates of training in the Boilermaker craft:
Andrew Brady Bertilia Nicholas
Lionel Georges Kevin L. Perez
Stonewall Hazel Ryan Pope
One person received a certificate of training in the Millwright craft:
Sixteen (16) persons received certificates in the Electrical craft:
Christopher Beroo Francis Jackson Jr.
Curtis A. E. Claxton Austin P. Jacobs
Phillip Collins Everton Knight
Cornell Creighton Benjamin Parrilla Sr.
Clifford Fanis Linroy Simon
Ronnie Grove Mark Victor
Julian M. Hall Benson Ward
Dedrick Hamilton Carmen Williams
Thirteen (13) persons received certificates in the Instrumentation craft:
Orville E. Caines Rommel Obando
Bryan Cornelius Jermaine Philemon
Joel Fabio Reata Randolph
Kivin Fyfield Geary Sinanan
Curtis Green Kery Thomas
Roosevelt Johnson Jr. Remy Williams Jr.
Ten (10) persons received certificates in the Masonry craft:
Tyrone Ambrose Denis Daniel
Darius Benjamin Lorna Henderson
Catherine Canton Bevon Joseph
Guillermo Castro Francis McFarlane
Cornell Creighton Ali Taha
And seven (7) persons received certificates in Pipefitting:
Vasudave Boodoosingh Philpurt A. Morris
Matthew Joseph Jr. Dorette Noorhasan
Renwick Lynch Jr. Julian Peters
Vincia N. Royer
In her remarks to the graduates, Commissioner of Education, Dr. Noreen Michael stated how pleased she was to see so many persons who had labored over the years to complete the program and encouraged them to give back to the community by using their newly acquired skills to help in areas of need.
Commissioner Michael thanked HOVENSA and Pinnacle Services for the partnership they had created with her department to provide industrial craft training in the public schools. She stated that it is her desire to see this effort continue into the future as it will further benefit the V.I. community.
The guest speaker for the ceremony was Mr. Roy Pemberton, the Department of Educations District Coordinator for Career and Technical Education Programs. He encouraged the graduates to apply what they had learned to the best of their ability and to always continue seeking better opportunities for themselves.
During the ceremony, awards and special recognition also were presented to several persons, six of whom had achieved perfect attendance throughout their training.
The HOVENSA Industrial Craft Training Program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research; all persons who complete the program are issued a certificate which is recognized nationally.