Students with chairBEAVER DAM, Ky. (8/2/17) – Members of the Muhlenberg Job Corps’ student government attended an annual Puzzle Pieces Charity Cruise-In recently in Beaver Dam.

One of MJCC’s students, Brittanae Montgomery, a talented artist, painted a chair which was donated by Kentucky Correctional Industries of Central City to be auctioned during the event. The cruise-in, sponsored by Bunt Geary and the Geary family, raises funds for Puzzle Pieces organization of Owensboro. Puzzle Pieces is an organization providing services to individuals with intellectual disabilities to promote social and life skills.

“Puzzle Pieces Cruise-In is celebrating its fifth annual fundraising event,” said Puzzle Pieces executive director Amanda Owen. “We continue to be blown away by the support of the community for the organization, and for other organizations such as the Muhlenberg Job Corps and Kentucky Correctional Industries to have the opportunity to give back as well.”

Kentucky Correctional Industries, founded in 1954, provides training and employment opportunities for state inmates. The program reduces recidivism and lowers the cost of incarceration throughout the state prison system.

“It is always great to give back to the community and we are happy to have had the opportunity to do that for Puzzle Pieces,” said operations manager Toney Bailey.

To represent the Muhlenberg County Job Corps’ Center, many staff and students attended the event and mingled with the crowd, answering questions about the job corps program. The sun what hot but the auction items were hotter with the painted chair bringing an astounding $250 for Puzzle Pieces.

“Britttanae did an awesome job,” said Pennylee Kimbley, MJCC art program instructor. “It is wonderful to get students out into the surrounding communities. There are so many very talented students at MJCC. Brittanae’s work on this project was a great example of that talent. She represented the MJCC art program well. We are very proud of her and enjoyed the opportunity to showcase her work.”

The Muhlenberg Job Corps Center serves any youth ages 17-24 who meet the minimum requirements.  They obtain vocational skill training and other necessary education they need to be successful in their chosen career.  More than 70 percent of Job Corps’ students earn industry-recognized credentials in one of more than 100 trades in high growth industries.  If you know someone who could benefit from this free program, contact Jodi Ashby at (270) 377-3269.

SurfKY News
Information/story by Jodi Ashby

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