Constellium and WVU Parkersburg award skilled trades scholarships to area students

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A scholarship program in its second year will help high school students pay for college and start a skilled trades career through a partnership with West Virginia University at Parkersburg and Constellium.

The Skilled Trades Scholarship Program, a collaboration between Constellium and WVU Parkersburg, provides scholarships to selected students to help them earn a college degree and gain employment in a skilled trades job. Students may choose to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in Multi-Craft Technology or Reliability and Maintenance Technology offered through WVU Parkersburg. After completing their associate degree, students will commit to employment with Constellium for at least five years as part of the scholarship requirements. Constellium and WVU Parkersburg will honor the students with a signing ceremony on June 16 at Constellium featuring messages from several state dignitaries and WVCTC Chancellor Sarah Tucker.

Constellium

“Constellium has faced the skilled trade shortage that most businesses across the country are challenged with. We decided to solve this problem by offering qualified students an opportunity to get an associate degree in their chosen craft and an opportunity to work at Constellium as a millwright or electrician once they acquire their degree. This program has a goal of not only providing an education to students with a desire to be 'hands on,' but it will give them an opportunity for a career in their community, rather than going out of state to obtain work,” said Teresa Kerns, Constellium community relations coordinator.

Jackson County students selected for the inaugural scholarship program are:

  • Christian Groves, Ripley High School
  • Iann Barton, Ravenswood High School
  • Dalton Moore, Ravenswood High School
  • Tyler Casto, Ravenswood High School

Scholarship recipients are selected based on criteria such as grade point average, school attendance, letters of recommendation and an interview process. After all applicable aid is applied, the scholarship will cover any remaining costs to allow students to graduate debt free.

“Constellium has been a strong partner with WVUP for over 10 years through training and credentialing opportunities. We were thrilled Constellium chose us to create and provide the degree programs for their scholarship program. Not only are the students receiving the benefits of education related to their future employment with Constellium, but they are also increasing economic growth for our region and the state of West Virginia,” said Dean Michele Wilson, Office of Workforce and Economic Development at WVU Parkersburg.