Three Calhoun County paraprofessionals, Carol Dye, Vivian Dye, and Nancy Taylor, were among the fifteen participants successfully completing the United States Department of Labor Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist (ACDS) Program. Other counties represented were Jackson, Mason and Roane. A minimum of 300 hours of classroom occupational training and 4000 hours of on-the-job training is required for the certification.

This was the first ACDS graduating class at Roane-Jackson Technical Center in Leroy, West Virginia. Sponsors were Calhoun County Schools, Jackson County Schools, River Valley Child Development Services, Family Development, Inc., Building Blocks Child Development Center, Carmichael Day Care Center, and Kiddie Corner. Mary Quick and Annetta Fields were the instructors for the two-year program that began in September 1999.

Guest speakers for the May 7, 2001 ceremony were Keith Winters, Director of Roane-Jackson Technical Center, and Suzie Brodoff of River Valley Child Development Services in Huntington, West Virginia.

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