Phoebus High offering two new manufacturing certifications

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Phoebus High School in Hampton offers new manufacturing certifications.

Phoebus High School in Hampton and the Burton Center for Arts and Technology in Roanoke are offering two new manufacturing certifications as part of an expanded industry-education partnership

They are the first secondary education Manufacturing Skills Institute Academic Partners in Virginia offering the MSI Manufacturing Specialist and Manufacturing Technician Level 1 certifications, according to a statement from MSI officials.

In June Phoebus administered the MT1 assessment to technology education students and awarded 11 MT1 certifications and three MS certifications. Several regional manufacturers plan to give MS or MT1 certificate holders a higher standing in the employment process, and post-secondary education institutions may award college credit to individuals obtaining those credentials, according to MSI.

The certifications are included in the National Skills Certification System and have been approved by the Virginia Board of Education as an industry credential for students and faculty. Students can access the credential through Career and Technical Education or STEM programs. Faculty can access the credential directly through MSI or a local MSI Academic Partner.

New principals in Newport News

The Newport News School Board approved the appointments of Eleanor Blowe as principal at Denbigh High School and Darwin Mills as principal at Enterprise Academy. Blowe previously served as assistant principal for instruction at Heritage High. Mills was a secondary school leadership supervisor with Newport News Public Schools.

Trinity names head of school

Trinity Lutheran School in Newport News appointed Kevin Goetz head of school starting Aug. 17, according to a statement from school officials. He previously worked as a school psychologist, instructional specialist, elementary school assistant principal, middle school assistant principal, and most recently as principal of Carrollton Elementary School in Carrollton.

Hampton native in teaching corps

Hampton native Michael Bock was accepted into Teach for America's 2015 teaching corps, according to a statement from organization officials. Teach For America is a national nonprofit working to expand educational opportunity for students in low-income communities.

Bock is a 2010 graduate of Hampton High School and a 2014 graduate of the University of Virginia. He will teach in Greater New Orleans and the Louisiana Delta.

Six new board members named

Volunteer and community leader Mari Ann Banks and Eagle Enterprises founder Kenneth Johnson were named to the Newport News board of directors of An Achievable Dream Inc., according to a statement from An Achievable Dream officials.

Newport News Shipbuilding Vice President of Trading Operations Ray Bagley, local Chick-fil-A owner-operator and Flat-Out Events founder Kevin Harrison, C.D. West and Co. President and broker Thomas Meehan, and retired Smithfield Foods vice president of sales and marketing James Schloss were appointed to the board of An Achievable Dream Middle and High School.

Hampton artist wins award

Sister Cities International awarded Kianna Vallarde the grand prize in the 2015 Young Artists and Authors competition, according to a statement from Hampton City Schools. This is the second time in three years that a Hampton student has won the award.

Vallarde is a 2015 Hampton High School graduate and will attend Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia this fall. She was honored for her artwork titled "Red Thread," which will be displayed at the American Theatre in Hampton Aug. 19-Sept. 4, and she will receive a $1,000 prize.

Williams can be reached at 757-247-4644 or jwilliams@dailypress.com.

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