Job Corps Landscaping Student Receives President’s Award
Charles Geralds, a 2007 graduate of the Home Builder’s Institute's Old Dominion Job Corps Center in Virginia, was presented with the NAHB President’s Award at the Jan. 21 NAHB Joint Executive Board Meeting during the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.
The award was presented by 2008 NAHB Chairman Sandy Dunn and goes annually to an outstanding Job Corps graduate who has overcome challenges and is buidling a successful career in the home building industry.
Geralds was the youngest Job Corps alumnus and the first landscaping student to receive the award. After graduating from Job Corps, he went to work for TrueGreen Lawncare in Staunton, Va., where in his first year of employment he became one of the top 10 in sales in the company’s Mid-Atlantic Division.
Instructor Mark Campbell called Geralds a “true leader and a classic overachiever. He completed his required course work fairly quickly and went on to complete every competency HBI offers in the landscaping trade.”
While on the Old Dominion campus, Geralds also found time to mentor fellow students in both trade and life skills. “Charles made my job much easier,” added Campbell.
At the ceremony, Dunn presented Geralds with a $1,000 check.
Lowe's Home Improvement gave Geralds more than $1,400 worth of Kobalt tools. In his brief remarks during the ceremony, he thanked HBI, NAHB and Job Corps for helping him establish his landscaping career. A past recipient of financial assistance from the HBI/Lowe’s Building Careers Scholarship Fund, he was especially grateful to Lowe’s for enabling him to relocate to his job at TrueGreen in Staunton.
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