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Beard Recognized by Boston Training Program

By Eddy Ball
September 2008

Beard, second from right, is shown at the graduation with JFY staffers Paul Morse, Gary Kaplan and Craig Slatin. (Photo courtesy of Paula Paris and JFYNetWorks)

Graduation day on June 12 at the Suffolk University Law School was a time to celebrate for the students receiving diplomas and certificates from JFYNetWorks, Boston's largest workforce and career development training center for youth and adults. The event was also a time for the non-profit organization to thank people who work behind the scenes to support the center's work, including NIEHS Worker Education and Training Program (WETP) Administrator and Industrial Hygienist Sharon Beard.

At the ceremony, Beard received the JFYNetWorks award for Distinguished Service to Workforce Development. She was honored for her work coordinating, evaluating and improving the nationwide program, especially in the Minority Worker Training Program area, as well as administering several Superfund/WETP grants to such organizations as the Center for Construction Research and Training, which helps provide support for the Environmental Technology job training curriculum at JFY.

Beard was one of three public sector officials recognized at the agency's 31st annual graduation ceremony. JFY deputy director Paula Paris and director Gary Kaplan also presented awards to Massachusetts State Senator Anthony Galluccio, commencement speaker and recipient of the Distinguished Service to Education Award, and Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Suzanne Bump. JFY graduated 14 students from the GED program, 17 from the ESOL program and 29 from the Environmental Technology Program, most of them already employed or set to begin work after graduation.

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