Program honors top-performing vocational students
From Staff Reports
Darby Ledet, a junior at Greene County High School and a part of the Greene County Vo-Tech’s welding program, is being honored by the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation as student of the month for the state’s southern region.
As a standout in regional and state craft competitions, Ledet earned first place in the state FFA welding competition while being recognized as the highest individual welder. Setting him even further apart is his recent completion of the NCCER industry recognized core credentials.
Ledet is an honors student at GCHS, where he is also a member of the football team and Beta Club. His post-graduation plans include joining the Air Force while going to college to pursuing a career as a registered nurse.
Ledet is the sixth Greene County student to earn the award over the past three years. Current GCHS seniors Landree Smith and Meagan Whiddon are other recent winners from the school.
Greene County Supt. of Education Charles L. Breland said the honors reflect well on the individual students and on the district as a whole.
“Darby is another great example of how well our students perform in our vocational classes,” Breland said. “He has obtained skills through our vocational program that will last him a lifetime. Dale Box does an outstanding job in training our students and having them ready for the workforce, as do all our teachers.”
Vocational Director Lesha Lott said she is proud of Darby and the other students representing the vocational school.
“Darby is a third year vocational student and a second year welder that excels in the classroom and the shop,” Lott said. “He has also won several awards for welding with FFA and SkillsUSA.
Students of the month are selected from MCEF’s four districts based on grades, attendance, discipline in class, outstanding achievements, leadership abilities, and post-graduation plans. All compete for student of the year honors at the foundation’s annual awards program in May.
“We congratulate Darby for earning student of the month honors and for being an excellent representative of high school career tech programs in Mississippi,” said Mike Barkett, MCEF president. “We’re proud of our students of the month for helping ensure our state has a highly skilled workforce to support the state’s growing construction and manufacturing industries.”
MCEF is a non-profit educational foundation that provides NCCER craft training and credentialing in more than 100 career and technical programs across the state. The foundation’s mission is to train individuals for the construction and manufacturing positions.
MCEF also offers workforce training and credentialing in construction, industrial maintenance and manufacturing trades. Learn more about MCEF at http://mcef.net.