WVU-P, Constellium celebrate scholarship recipients
RAVENSWOOD — West Virginia University at Parkersburg and Constellium this week recognized 10 area students receiving scholarships to begin their skilled trades careers.
The Skilled Trades Scholarship Program, a collaboration between WVU-P and the aluminum product developer and manufacturer, is in its second year.
Recipients may choose to complete an associate of applied science degree in multi-craft technology or reliability and maintenance technology offered through WVU-P.
Students then commit to employment with Constellium for at least five years
“Constellium has faced the skilled trade shortage that most businesses across the country are challenged with,” Teresa Kerns, Constellium community relations coordinator, said in a news release.
“We decided to solve this problem by offering qualified students an opportunity to get an associate’s degree in their chosen craft and an opportunity to work at Constellium as a millwright or electrician once they acquire their degree.
“This program has a goal of not only providing an education to students with a desire to be ‘hands on,’ but it will give them an opportunity for a career in their community, rather than going out of state to obtain work,” Kerns said.
Constellium and WVU-P honored the students with a ceremony Wednesday at Constellium that included messages from West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and West Virginia Community and Technical College System Chancellor Sarah Tucker.
The 10 area students selected for the scholarship program are:
∫ Christian Groves, Ripley, Ripley High School
∫ Cody Bartlett, Spencer, Roane County High School
∫ Iann Barton, Ravenswood, Ravenswood High School
∫ Dalton Moore, Ravenswood, Ravenswood High School
∫ Tyler Casto, Ravenswood, Ravenswood High School
∫ Joseph Chambers, Ravenswood, Ravenswood High School
∫ Case Fletcher, Ravenswood, Ravenswood High School
∫ James Manley, Ripley, Ripley High School
∫ James Riggs, Elizabeth, Wirt County High School
∫ Benjamin Smith, Evans, Roane-Jackson Technical Center, Ripley High School
Scholarship criteria include grade point average, school attendance, letters of recommendation and an interview process.
After all applicable aid is applied, the scholarship will cover any remaining costs to allow students to graduate debt-free.
“Constellium has been a strong partner with WVU-P for over 10 years through training and credentialing opportunities,” said Dean Michele Wilson, Office of Workforce and Economic Development at WVU-P. “We were thrilled Constellium chose us to create and provide the degree programs for their scholarship program.
Not only are the students receiving the benefits of education related to their future employment with Constellium, but they are also increasing economic growth for our region and the state of West Virginia.”