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BHK makes donation to WoodLINKS program

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From left, Dr. Betty H. Adams, Audra Webb, sales administrator for BHK, and Clint Johnson, WoodLINKS/Product Design & Development instructor. / August 24, 2010
BHK of America recently made a donation to assist the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s WoodLINKS students with expenses as they travel to Atlanta, Ga., to compete in the International Woodworkers Fair (IWF) student competition. BHK manufactures ready to assemble drawer systems and drawer components at its South Boston facility.

Audra Webb, sales administrator, made the presentation on behalf of BHK. “We are impressed by the opportunities that the WoodLINKS classes have given to the students in our area,” she said. “Through IWF, we have learned of both their past and present accomplishments.  To receive commendations on a national level is a testament of the impact that the WoodLINKS program at the SVHEC is making.”

In only its second year, Halifax County High School students in the dual enrollment program at the SVHEC have again been selected to participate in a highly competitive woodworking competition. The competition was fierce since only five teams were selected from the entire country. Rising junior Doug Stillwell, and recent high school graduates Patrick Prophet and Kenton Beard will be competing against students from across the United States with a demilune table they’ve named “Une Joue.” They will be judged on a combination of their submitted woodworking piece, their written materials, and their public speaking abilities.

“BHK is honored to help with expenses incurred during travel to the finalist stages.  We encourage the SVHEC to continue providing the atmosphere they have created where education can be both interesting and useful to not only our students and our community, but to the woodworking industry as a whole,” Webb said.

SVHEC Executive Director Dr. Betty H. Adams said, “We are beyond excited to have received our second invitation in two years to a national woodworking competition. Student success, coupled with the support of local industry like BHK, provides no better testament to the fact that we’ve created something quite special in Southern Virginia.”

The dual enrollment WoodLINKS program focuses on Product Design and Development and is open to sophomore, junior, and senior high school students. Community college courses in Product Design & Development, offered in partnership with Danville Community College, are also offered at the SVHEC. Full tuition scholarships are now available for the Product Design & Development community college courses.

For more information contact the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center at 
434-572-5440, toll free 1-800-283-0098, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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