Congratulations to Orleans Tech Graduates!
Orleans Technical College, a program of JEVS Human Services congratulates its 2022-2023 building trades graduates! 311 students graduated from carpentry, electrical, plumbing, property maintenance and air conditioning, refrigeration, & heating programs. These graduates have already found employment with more than 100 area companies!
During opening remarks, JEVS President & CEO, Cynthia Figueroa celebrated the graduates’ commitment to furthering their career goals. She said, “Thank you for committing the time to attend classes, study, and learn. It’s no small feat given all the demands outside of the classroom. Balancing family, work, and school life can be a challenge at times, but you did it! You persevered and dedicated yourself to moving forward in your career.”
2023 graduate Shaquille McFadden was selected by students and faculty to represent them at this year’s graduation. “If you’re a hands-on person, you love the trades. The building trades make everything possible including this building we’re graduating from!”, McFadden said as an example of the everyday importance of the industries his classmates are entering.
Jamell Joyner, a 2021 graduate, returned as this year’s alumni guest speaker. He talked about working three jobs to support his family while getting his credential in electricity from Orleans. Joyner said, “My short-term sacrifice led to a life-long career that brings my family financial security and brings me a greater sense of purpose and happiness.”
Included in the graduation ceremony were 34 graduates from JEVS Project WOW program. Project WOW helps youth and young adults get their high school diploma as well as learn building skills!