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DUBLIN — Bladen Community College student and Workforce Investment Act participant Alexis Lacewell has been named to receive the 2014 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Teen Workforce Development participation.

She represented the Lumber River WIA Youth Program, which includes youth from Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson and Scotland counties. She was picked to receive the state award from among representatives of 23 local area Workforce Development boards from across the state.

Lacewell, a 2014 graduate of East Bladen High School, has participated in the Bladen WIA Youth Program for two years. During the summer of 2012, she was assigned to the Medical Records unit of Bladen Medical Associates. This summer she is working at the Institute for Divine Health in Elizabethtown.

In October, she will be presented the award at the Workforce Development Conference in Greensboro.

In North Carolina, the Workforce Development Act is administered by Workforce Development boards, who provide policy and oversight to the administration of the program. In Bladen County, Bladen Community College is contracted to provide program services through the Bladen JobLink Career Center.

The Lumber River WIA Youth Program serves eligible youth ages 14 to 21 who reside in the five-county area. Activities provided through the program include, but are not limited to: job readiness training, cultural activities, work experiences, community services, leadership development, high school credential completion, post-secondary education assistance, and mentoring.

During her senior year of high school, Lacewell attended Bladen Community College through the Career and College Promise program. She says she became aware of Career and College Promise when BCC counselor Anthony Thomas made a presentation about it at her high school.

She will transfer the credits she earned at BCC to Appalachian State University this fall, where she plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in molecular biology. She states that she is also considering applying for entrance into medical school when she completes her undergraduate degree. To date she has been named to receive at least eight scholarships that will help with the cost of her education.

In addition to her other activities, she works part-time at Georgio’s in Elizabethtown. She is the daughter of Charmonia Buie and Marvin Lacewell Sr., both of Elizabethtown.

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