Kathy and Kevin Lindberg, owners of Wilco Printing & Signs in Braselton, were named ACT (American College Testing) Workforce Champion for the state of Georgia.
ACT College and Career Readiness Champions are workforce professionals, like the Lindbergs; high school seniors; K-12 professionals; or postsecondary professionals who are making a positive impact on their communities through their efforts to advance college- and career-readiness for all. These individuals from across the country support ACT’s mission of education and workplace success.
ACT State Councils — comprised of education and workforce professionals from all 50 states — serve as the selection committee and name one Champion per category for each participating state.
The Lindbergs received the ACT Workforce Champion Award for their five-year partnership with the Jackson County School System’s work-based learning program, which places high school students in local businesses for a portion of their school day.
“Their dedication to developing the youth of Jackson County with work-ready skills has positively impacted their company and led students to finding their own workplace success,” said Laura Boswell, Jackson County Schools Work-Based Learning Coordinator, who nominated them.
They were recognized for the state-wide honor at the Feb. 11 meeting of the Jackson County Board of Education, held at Maysville Elementary School.
Dr. April Howard, superintendent of Jackson County Schools, called the chance to honor the Lindbergs “a very exciting recognition.”
Boswell explained to those at the BOE meeting that the Lindbergs contacted the school system five years ago, seeking a partnership with the work-based learning program. “They teach our students workplace ethics and skills and overall good workplace behavior,” she said. “They help students discover and develop their workplace skills, mentoring them and giving them career and workplace guidance. They have just been awesome mentors.”
Kathy Lindberg, who also is a member of the board of directors for the new Empower College & Career Center, said she and Kevin have been “working alongside the schools for a very long time,” and enjoyed supporting students through this program, furthering their proteges’ “education and customer service skills.”
“We enjoy this,” she added.
Boswell, who was obviously enjoying the moment, too, said she was “so proud of this partnership.”
For more information about the JCSS work-based learning program, email her at Lboswell@jcss.us or call 706-367-5151.
The Jackson County School System serves approximately 8,000 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in 10 schools across the county.Georgia WBL Affiliate Fact Sheet