PRESTONSBURG — Students at the Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center were in for a treat, Wednesday, as the center showed its appreciation to them before they left for winter break.
Faculty and staff at the center did their best to create a five-star dining experience for the students, serving them a holiday meal before they hit the road.
“We all dress up and serve them, and they enjoy it,” said Jimmie Slone, business community liaison for the center. “We have chicken cordon bleu, steak and desserts, and they can eat as much as they want.”
This marked the fifth year the center has served a Christmas dinner to students. Director Thomas Rainey said it is the staff’s way of expressing its appreciation.
“Our students work hard throughout the year,” Rainey said. “This is our way to say thank you for a job well done.”
Rainey noted that students have been largely responsible for the center’s success, as it has risen in the rankings to be the seventh-rated job corps center out of 125 nationwide. The rankings are based on student academic performance, as well as job placement after they leave.
“They’re good kids,” Rainey said of the students. “We’re blessed.”