CASSADAGA - Stu-dents pass through the Cassadaga Job Corps Academy on a weekly basis, to learn a skill, to improve their academic standing and to leave more employable then when they arrived. As students enter and exit, the staff remains dedicated and prepared to educate and train the next generation. This experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic group has helped the Academy's reputation and performance remain among the top tier of Job Corps Centers in the country. Recently, a special evening was held to honor those who have served for many years, those with exceptional performance over the last year, as well as the retirements of two staff.
Catherine Doty, human resources manager, opened the program and thanked all those in attendance for coming and said, "You can see on your programs we have listed Career Systems Development's core values. In this room tonight are some of the best examples of modeling, mentoring and monitoring our Academy have to offer. Each of you has made Cassadaga Job Corps a very special place to work."
The first group of individuals recognized were those with 5, 10 and 15 years of service at Cassa-daga Job Corps under CSD, the company charged with the operation of the Academy by the US Department of Labor. The following were recognized for five years of service: Keith Burridge, Catherine Doty, Heidi Formanowicz, Joseph Jagoda, Erin Riley and Tara Wisecarver.
Pictured are Academy Director Ann Anderson, Employee of the Year Michael Pietrkiewicz, Safety Employee of the Year Bob Burns, Human Resources Manager Catherine Doty and Safety/Security Manager Curan Grabias.
The 10-year awards were presented to Leah Marsala-Chase, Richard Chase, Heather Delcamp, Vicki Lundsten and Adrean Scott.
Thayne Bodenmiller of Westfield was recognized for completing 15 years of service with CSD.
The recent retirements of Dave Butler, security shift coordinator and Barbara O'Connell, counselor, were also announced during the evening. Both retirees received plaques and commendations for their years of service.
The Academy recognizes a staff member every year who exhibits and models safety for staff and students. The Safety Award recipient must strive to ensure that staff and students are working safely, living safely and also looking out for those they serve. This year's Safety Award recipient was Bob Burns, driver's education instructor. Burns has worked as the driver's education instructor for more than 20 years and has never been involved in an accident that was the fault of himself or one of his students.
All employees recognized as Employee of the Month throughout 2012 were on hand and one of them was selected as the 2012 Employee of the Year. The past year's Employees of the Month on hand were Ashley Park, Malcolm Bernard, Donald Rogers, Louis Acosta, Jody Longhouse, Jerry Near, Michael Pietrkiewicz, Stan Kelly and Ken Dahlin. The honorees were all selected by their peers throughout the year to receive this recognition, with the department directors selecting the Employee of the Year from among this group.
The 2012 Employee of the Year is Mike Pietrkiewicz, outreach and admissions counselor.
Pietrkiewicz has been employed by the Academy since 2007, starting at Job Corps as a residential advisor. He has worked in admissions since 2010. In addition to his normal duties, Pietrkiewicz has assisted in covering other areas and volunteers numerous hours to help with student events, such as prom and sports activities. Pietrkiewicz stated, "I truly enjoy being a part of the great team at Cassadaga Job Corps. Together, we help the young people of our communities achieve their personal, academic and career goals. It is very rewarding work."
Job Corps is a federal program which provides young people age 16-24 with Career Technical and Academic training to ensure they are prepared to compete in the workforce upon graduation.
For more information about employment opportunities available at Cassadaga Job Corps, you may contact the Human Resources Department at 595-4218 or email Catherine Doty, HR Manager, at email@example.com.