Volunteers are the life blood of a community and this month it is an honor to recognize two individuals that work faithfully in the background. On any given day, you may see Mrs. Betty Ray picking up trash around the Welcome Center and along the city streets; joining Mrs. Ray in this endeavor is Mr. Gerald Smith who uses his personal lawncare equipment to cut the grass regularly at the Welcome Center. Their faithful dedication is much appreciated and encourages others who work in the community. Please email me the names of anyone that you would like to recognize for their efforts in the community and I will be glad to feature them in future articles. (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-454-4417)
The City of Bayou La Batre Mayor and Council will hold a JOINT PUBLIC HEARING with the City of Bayou La Batre Planning Board to discuss expanding the City of Bayou La Batre Planning Board Extraterritorial Planning Jurisdiction over the subdivision of land to a Two-Mile radius outside the Corporate City Limits. The hearing will be held at City Hall located at 13785 S. Wintzell Ave., Bayou La Batre, AL on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
February is Career Technical Education (CTE) Month in Mobile County. Great job training opportunities are offered through all local high schools and at the Bryant Career Technical Education Center on Padgett Switch Rd. in Irvington. Signature Academies such as the Academy of Coastal Studies at Alma Bryant High School, provide access to training in business, marketing, welding, horticulture, aquaculture, marine sciences and hospitality and tourism. The Bryant Center offers certification opportunities in several of the construction trades, cosmetology, nursing, welding, horticulture and auto mechanics, among others. Senior high school students are able to test for professional credentialing as part of the graduation process and internships are also available through partnerships with local industry. Interested students may view contact information at mccte.schoolinsites.com.
Congratulations are extended to the Alma Bryant High School faculty and student body on the recent 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant supports the creation of academic enrichment opportunities for students during non-school hours. The program helps students meet state and local standards in core academic subjects, such as math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating students. Current enrichment opportunities also include: archery, dance, chess, photography/film, Algebra I math tutoring, ACT tutoring, Zumba/Aerobics Training, Rock, Paper, Fitness (Tues. and Thurs.), drama, and ROV Underwater Robotics. For more information, contact the 21st CCLC program coordinator, Willie Lewis at 251-824-3213.