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GBRIA Craft Education Development Champion Award

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An industry group recently honored two Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School leaders for their ongoing work to prepare students for tomorrow's high-tech workplace.

Dr. Eugene Kennedy
Dr. Tevfik Eski, the superintendent of Kenilworth, and Dr. Eugene Kennedy, a board member for the school, received the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance's (GBRIA) Craft Education Development Champion awards. The GBRIA recognizes and awards outstanding individuals who invest in the training and career path development of Baton Rouge citizens, young and old. The awards were presented at a Sept. 12 banquet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge. The full list of awards and honorees is available here.

In keeping with its goal to discover and implement new ways to engage students using a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum, Kenilworth reached out to GBRIA in 2012 for support with the 2012 STEM Expo, which hosted 60 participants from area middle schools, 20 exhibitors who talked with the students about a STEM career and over 500 visitors. Since then, GBRIA has kept up with Kenilworth's remarkable progress in students' attendance, performance scores, participation in STEM programs and recognition by government officials and education leaders.

"I am humbled by this award and proud of the work we have done at Kenilworth to become leaders in STEM education for our students," Dr. Eski said. "The Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance is doing a wonderful job of supporting those who are working toward greater career growth and retention for the present and future workforce in Baton Rouge."

Dr. Kennedy, an associate professor at LSU's School of Education, was recognized for his work with Kenilworth's Education Foundation. Dr. Kennedy also is one of the organizers to an effort to bridge the gap between universities, future scholars and the community through a new statewide mentoring and support program called L-STEM.

"There is a growing sense in the education community and throughout various industries that we all have to do a better job of preparing students for the challenges of tomorrow's workplace," Dr. Kennedy said. "I appreciate GBRIA's willingness to partner with educators and to be a leader in workforce development."

Connie Fabré, GBRIA's executive director, said Dr. Eski and Dr. Kennedy "should receive credit for helping middle school students realize their potential to continue their academic careers in the STEM field. They have done a wonderful job at Kenilworth and in the community."