Students taking courses at the Pike Career Technology Center in Piketon, Ohio, will get a boost from their local lumber and building materials retailer. Bill Klinker Jr., owner of Klinker’s Lumber & Builders Supplies, located in nearby Waverly, Ohio, encourages students who want to pursue a career in the trades with his company’s Vocational Stars award.
“People who are involved, or who are preparing to be involved, in a vocational occupation are the backbone of our community and our country, and we want to recognize and support their efforts,” Klinker says. “We all should raise public awareness of the value of vocational education, recognize student achievement and support local educational efforts.”
Students enrolled in a specific vocational education program at the Pike school are eligible for Klinker’s award. Awards are given to students in each field of study offered at the school, for each grading period throughout the year. Honorees receive a certificate, a letter of congratulations, a press release and a gift certificate for Klinker’s Lumber & Builders Supplies.
“Encouraging students to consider a career in the trades obviously relates to our business,” he says. “It’s also important to show them that a career in those types of industries can pay well and hold a lot of opportunity for those who want it.”