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MOBILE WORKS PRESIDENT SYDNEY RAINE AWARDS $165,000
Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

MOBILE WORKS PRESIDENT SYDNEY RAINE AWARDS $165,000 IN
AEROSPACE SCHOLARSHIPS TO 11 MOBILE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
Graduating High School Seniors Awarded Scholarships To Complete Two Year Aviation Degrees At Enterprise-Ozark Community College's Brookley Field Industrial Complex

MOBILE, Alabama - May 30, 2006 - Mobile Works Inc. announced that Sydney Raine, President, awarded aerospace scholarships totaling over $165,000 in May 2006 to eleven Mobile County area graduating high school seniors to complete two year aviation degrees at Enterprise-Ozark Community College at their Brookley Field Industrial Complex.

The students all had an aviation focus under the Mobile County Public School System's Career Technical Education Dual Enrollment program, in which they received aviation training and work experience while taking college-level courses in the Enterprise-Ozark aviation program at the Brookley campus, while also still attending high school. The students each took either one course or two courses, either of which scenario qualified them to enter Enterprise-Ozark's two-year aviation program. The program is the only comprehensive aviation maintenance training program in the state of Alabama and students in the program receive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification as an airplane mechanic, with associate's degrees in either airframe or powerplant engine (A&P) or an avionics (airplane electronics) curriculum.

Sydney Raine and Dr. Leida Javier-Ferrell, Vice President of Adult and Youth Services for Mobile Works, attended Mobile County area high school awards ceremonies during May and awarded eleven scholarships worth up to $15,000 each to these area high school graduating seniors:

Name School
William Bain Theodore High School
Henry Calhoun, Jr. Murphy High School
Aaron Guyton LeFlore High School
Quinn Hagwood Davidson High School
Kevin James LeFlore High School
Tau Lam Alma Bryant High School
Jeremy Lynn Satsuma High School
Stanley Montgomery, Jr. Davidson High School
Gregory Morris Baker High School
Benjamin Reed Davidson High School
Jamie Glass Stanley Theodore High School

Raine said, "We believe the program is vital to area jobseekers interested in aviation careers because FAA A&P certified mechanics and technicians can expect to make about $30,000 a year fresh out of school. With about two to five years of experience, annual earnings rise to between $40,000 and $55,000 on average nationally. Jobseekers interested in a technical career owe it to themselves to equip themselves with the education that makes those kinds of earnings possible."

Mobile Works provides training opportunities to all eligible Mobile County jobseekers, with laid-off workers immediately eligible for all programs. Jobseekers interested in receiving employment opportunities and training resources are encouraged to go in person to the Alabama Career Center office at 515 Springhill Plaza Court, just off I-65 and Springhill Avenue. Prospective students seeking information on the aviation program at Enterprise-Ozark Community College are encouraged to call Marian Centanni at 251-438-2816, extension 5100, for more information.

Mobile Works Inc., a local partnership of business, education, labor and community leaders, provides businesses with training, leadership, labor market information and employment programs designed to stimulate local business by meeting the needs of Mobile area businesses while increasing the available labor pool of skilled jobseekers in the Mobile area. Since its inception in 2000, the group has invested more than $28 million overall to support Mobile area job and educational programs. In addition, in the 2006-2007 fiscal year alone, Mobile Works has invested nearly $4.6 million dollars in jobs, training and economic initiatives for all of Mobile County.
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Contact: Gia Dinges
Director of Marketing
251-432-0909 - phone
gdinges@mobile-works.org - email
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