The Lumber River Workforce Development Board held its annual Recognition Banquet recently at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke Annex Building.
More than 100 guests and staff were in attendance. The purpose of the banquet was to honor outstanding participants and businesses who are involved in the Workforce Investment Act Program, also known as WIA. WIA is a federally funded program designed to address the employment and training needs of adults, dislocated workers and youth.
Three Richmond County winners were recognized. International Textile Group Burlington WorldWide was recognized as the WIA Business of the Year. Danielle Baldwin of Rockingham was recognized as the WIA Adult of the Year and Shaquan Terry of Rockingham was acknowledged as the WIA Younger Youth of the Year.
Nominations were submitted by Rockingham District Partners in Ministry and the Richmond County JobLink Career Center, both partners of the Lumber River Workforce Development Board. Rockingham District Partners in Ministry operates the WIA Youth program in Richmond County. The Richmond County JobLink Career Center operates the WIA Adult program in Richmond County. The Board oversees the WIA programs for its five-county region: Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson and Scotland counties.
Other awards included the Dr. Stanley A. Richardson Award Workforce Development Board Member of the Year, Durham White of Robeson County. This award is named in honor of the late Dr. Stanley A. Richardson, a devoted board member and a longtime educator from Bladen County. He was an avid advocate for youth and education during his tenure.