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Chaz Bentley Receives 2022 Emerging Elite in Manufacturing Award from the Explore the New Manufacturing Program

he Explore the New Manufacturing Program announced today that Chaz Bentley has been recognized with an Emerging Elite in Manufacturing award for his work in the classroom. A Herbert Hoover High School student, Bentley has excelled as a leader in his Carver Career and Technical Education Center courses.   Bentley will receive a $500 award designated for scholarships, certification fees, or specialty equipment. He will also be presented with a commemorative wooden plaque and gift basket featuring products made in West Virginia. Procter & Gamble Company, a Gold Patron, along with Technimark, a Bronze Patron, are sponsors of the 2022 awards. 

“Chaz has become a class leader who has learned to listen to others and talk to his classmates to get results and settle disputes that may arise,” notes Bruce Hamrick, instructor at Carver CTE. “Chaz is very self-motivated.  He seems to know what needs to be done and will work on items without being instructed; however, he is the best student I have had for teamwork.  Chaz thinks of the class, not himself, when it comes to getting projects done. He is very quick to help his peers and gets along with them and other instructors.” 

Launched in 2020, the Emerging Elite in Manufacturing and Outstanding Industry Educator awards celebrate the skills and dedication of students and educators across West Virginia.  "Despite his robust schedule and many responsibilities, Chaz stepped up to serve as a lab host for our Explore the New Manufacturing Academy in Charleston last fall,” said Program Director Monica Cross, who oversees the Explore the New Manufacturing Program on behalf of the West Virginia Manufacturing Association Educational Fund’s efforts to create student awareness and excitement about careers in manufacturing and the training opportunities for these positions in their local areas. “Not only was he an engaging lab host, but Chaz also created meaningful dialogue about career and technical education and industry pathways with the middle school students.”

The EMERGING ELITE IN MANUFACTURING awards recognize West Virginia high school students who have excelled in manufacturing-related technical education and STEM courses.  Each awardee demonstrates workforce-ready technical and communication skills critical to successful employee performance.       

Bentley’s award is part of Explore’s Emerging Elite in Manufacturing and Outstanding Industry Educator awards. Profiles of all award recipients will be available on the Explore the New Manufacturing website after they have been announced. https://www.exploremfgwv.com/awards

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