PICKENS COUNTY — Alliance Pickens, in partnership with the School District of Pickens County, announced Freddy Juarez of the Pickens County Career and Technology Center and Easley High School as the winner of the 2017 Pickens County Scholar Technician of the Year Award.
Sponsored by Alliance Pickens, The Scholar Technician of the Year is an annual award honoring technical competence in Pickens County high school students.
This year, the honor comes with a $500 “Career Starter Fund” from Alliance Pickens. The two runners-up for the award received Career Starter Funds of $250 each.
Juarez is an active participant in the electricity program at the Career & Technology Center. He was one of the very first people in Pickens County to be hired by era-contact USA, the world’s leading railroad connectivity company, which recently announced the construction its new North American manufacturing headquarters at the Pickens County Commerce Park in Liberty.
“Freddy’s hard work and the excellent program at the CTC combined to secure him a great job straight out of high school. He is the kind of success story we love to see in a Scholar Technician,” said Ray Farley, executive director of Alliance Pickens. “His maturity and dedication to his trade made him stand out among his peers, and Freddy is a perfect example of a highly-skilled graduate that employers hope to find when they locate in Pickens County.”
Alliance Pickens is a public/private economic development organization whose primary mission is to attract, retain and increase the number of jobs and increase the tax base in Pickens County.