Riddick receives 2019 Grace Austin Award

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Karen Riddick, a volunteer at the Moyock Library, was recently awarded the Grace Austin Award. She (far left) is shown accepting her award with (l-r) Currituck County Public Library Board of Trustees Member Mike Fost, Moyock Library Branch Manager Ashley Trotter, CCPL Board of Trustees Member Rose Kelly, Children’s Librarian Amber Cosgrove and Currituck County Librarian Laura Salmons.


From staff reports

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Karen Riddick, a volunteer at the Moyock Library, was recently awarded the Grace Austin Award.

The Grace Austin Award was established in 1999 and is given annually to a person or organization providing special service to the Currituck County Public Library.

Riddick is an assistant to the Children’s Librarian during the Toddler Storytimes held every Thursday. Before retiring, she worked as a teacher’s assistant and second grade teacher with the Virginia Beach Public Schools. Her desire to continue working with children after her retirement motivated her to volunteer at the library.

Riddick, who has has never missed a Toddler Storytime, brings a patient nature and welcoming presence to new storytime families, according to a library release. She encourages participation by both parents and children.

In addition to the assistance she provides during storytime, Riddick also helps with larger children’s events and is an invaluable volunteer to the Moyock Library. Her friendly demeanor, willingness to help in any way she can, and dedication to the children of Moyock embody the spirit in which the Grace Austin Award is presented, according to a release from the library.

COA medical lab tech students pass exam

College of The Albemarle’s Medical Laboratory Technology graduates of 2019 achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification exam.

The four graduates of the program achieved the certification on their first attempt of taking the exam. In addition, all of the graduates are employed, receiving offers within two months of graduating from the associate degree program.

Terri Riddick has been program coordinator of the MLT program since its implementation in 2009. She explained that the facilities in the college’s service area and in the Tidewater area of Virginia require students to have the certification to maintain employment. MLT graduates can be hired before they take the exam, but are given a certain amount of time to take and pass the ASCP BOC exam.

“I am really proud of this group and how hard they worked,” Riddick shared. “The ASCP BOC exam is pretty intensive and for all of the students to pass on the first try, and receive job offers quickly, really demonstrates the efforts they put into the studies. This is what the mission of the program is all about; to train individuals to go into the workforce.”

Lane, Morrisette top L&F agents for July

Janet Lane and Debbie Morrisette have been named the top agents for the month of July at Long and Foster real estate.

The announcement was made by company leaders Phyllis Bosomworth and Erin Nixon.

Lane, named Sales Agent of the Month, is a native of Elizabeth City and has been in real estate for over 14 years. She uses the newest internet marketing tools to give listings access to buyers.

Morrisette, named Listing Agent of the Month, is a native of the Albemarle area. She began her real estate career in 2004 and has received many awards for her real estate achievements. She has earned the CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designation, GREEN designation, SRF, ResMil and the GRI designations. Debbie has earned Top Producer for Long & Foster Elizabeth City office for 8 consecutive years – 2011 thru 2018. Debbie’s most honored award is the reward of a satisfied client.

Teachers attend manufacturing boot camp

Eleven teachers from surrounding school districts attended a four-day manufacturing boot camp in August, organized by College of The Albemarle and NCWorks.

The camp was held for area Career and Technical Education teachers at COA’s Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center in Currituck. It was funded by a grant from the N.C. Division of Workforce Solutions.

Teachers from Camden, Currituck, Dare, Edenton-Chowan, Pasquotank, Perquimans, and Washington counties, experienced some of the opportunities offered through manufacturing’s high-tech and high-wage careers. Teachers can now share their experience with high school students who are preparing for the future.

“This a great opportunity for representatives from our local high schools to get a sample of the College to Career experience that students can benefit from,” said Michelle Waters, Dean, Business, Industry and Applied Technologies; Campus Administrator, Regional Aviation and Technical Training Center. “The grant through NCWorks allowed teachers to experience CTE programs that provide students an alternative to a traditional four-year college or university setting.”