PARKERSBURG – A Wood County teacher has been recognized by a state trade group.
Jared Voldness received an Outstanding Industry Educator Award in the High School Division for classroom work through the West Virginia Manufacturers Association Education Fund under the Explore the New Manufacturing Program.
Voldness is a teacher at the Wood County Technical Center and the Caperton Center for Applied Technology, where he works with students in pre-engineering and computer science.
He receives a $ 500 award for classroom improvement, along with a wooden plaque and a gift basket filled with West Virginia products.
“Jared gives an enormous amount of time to help the students” Pier Bocchini, Director of the Technical Center and the Caperton Center.
Voldness with another instructor started a First Robotics Club and met with students after school and sometimes on weekends, Bocchini said.
“Jared and some of his students used the 3D printer to make PPE devices.” Said Bocchini. “These were donated to various health professionals”
Launched in 2020, the Emerging Elite in Manufacturing & Outstanding Industry Educator Awards recognize the skills and dedication of students and educators across West Virginia.
“Jared is a champion for his students who uses a variety of resources to provide his students with development opportunities, including working with DuPont on the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge 2020-2021.” Monica Cross, Program Director of Explore the New Manufacturing, said. “We are honored to recognize Jared for his dedication and excellence.”
The Voldness Award is part of the 14-day announcement series. The recipients for 2021 will be announced daily at 12:00 noon.