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Career Center Names Students of the Month

The Washington County Career Center honors its December Students of the Month, Carrissa and James.


Carrissa is a Belpre senior enrolled in the Graphic Design & Video Production program, and she is the daughter of Chris and Stephanie of Belpre.


Carrissa is a member of the Career Center’s Business Professionals of America (BPA) youth organization, the national technical honor society (NTHS), and serves as the class secretary of her technical program. Last school year, Carrissa participated at the state-level for BPA in the category of fundamental desktop publishing. At Belpre High School, she actively participates in volleyball, softball, and student council. She has received awards for the Career Center’s Principal List and Honor Roll. In her technical program, Carrissa has earned or may earn industry-recognized credentials and college credit for adobe creative cloud: digital photography, digital storytelling, digital video effects, graphic design, illustrator, indesign, live streaming & production, photoshop, premier pro, and video production. Academically, she is taking college credit courses for American national government, biology, college algebra, English composition, psychology, speech, and U.S. history. Carrissa is receiving a technical focus and learning skills for creating & editing digital graphics, design techniques, information technology, multimedia & image management techniques, and video & sound. Graphic Design & Video Production instructor, Chris Palmer, commented, “Carrissa is a very creative and determined student who will succeed at anything she sets her mind to.”


Upon graduation, Carrissa plans to attend Ohio University to obtain her bachelor’s degree in visual communications and multimedia.


James is a Marietta senior enrolled in the Building Technology/Carpentry program, and he is the son of James, II of Marietta and Sara of Marietta.


James is a member of the Career Center’s SkillsUSA youth organization (chapter president), and the National Technical Honor Society (vice president). As a Student Ambassador, he is responsible for acting as a liaison between the Career Center and Marietta High School. In addition, he is gaining leadership skills by promoting the Career Center during its recruitment process as well as giving tours and guidance at scheduled events and with incoming visitors. At Marietta High School, James is active in track and field. He has been on the Career Center’s Principal List every nine weeks for the past two school years. He is on-track to earn a career technical honor’s diploma.


Through College Credit Plus (CCP), James has or will earn both high school and college credit for American national government, anatomy, and college algebra. He is taking course offerings and learning skills for carpentry & masonry technical skills, construction safety & crew leadership, construction technology – core & sustainable construction, and structural systems. In his technical program, James has or will earn industry-recognized credentials for carpenter’s international training fund (CITF) and the occupational safety and health administration (OSHA) 10-hour training.


James is employed with 740 Social in Marietta as a waiter and host. He aspires to enter directly into the workforce by joining the Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters #356.

Photos: Carrissa, James

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