County officials honored six people yesterday who have found employment through county Office of Manpower programs and kept the jobs at least six months.
The Manpower Office and the Anne Arundel County Private Industry Council awarded $100 savings bonds to the six during ceremonies at Loews Annapolis Hotel.
Among those receiving awards were four graduates of Project Independence, which helps welfare recipients get jobs though a two-week life skills program and a specialized job training program.
One award went to Paula Keeney, who became an Internal Revenue Service secretary after completing the Adult Work Skills Training Program.
Two awards went to Debbie Lower and Vivian Scott, welfare recipients for a total of 16 years, who completed the Building Maintenance Program. Both women found jobs at the Arundel Geriatric Center.
William Schoolden, a fourth Project Independence participant, also completed the Building Maintenance Program. He got a job at Whitmore Printing in Annapolis.
Officials also recognized a graduate of the A-Team program's construction trades training. Orlando Simms was hired as a yard runner by Johnson Lumber in Millersville.
One student got an award for his academic progress during three years working with the Bay Savers, a summer conservation program.
High school senior Clay Morgan is now attending school during the day and at night and works a part-time job. After he graduates in January, he hopes to find a permanent job doing outdoors conservation work for the county.