These Marylanders were honored yesterday for excelling in five state training programs:
Jean Fallon, Catonsville: She left the welfare rolls and became an $8-an-hour office clerk.
Elsa Miles, Grasonville: She overcame alcohol and drug addictions, got off welfare and became a Queen Anne's County alcohol services counselor.
Bridget Scott, Baltimore: She beat her addictions, left the welfare rolls and got a job at a Columbia nursing home.
Dora "Dee" Slate, Hagerstown: She earned her high school equivalency diploma and became an administrative assistant at a Rockville corporation.
Brenda Smith, Prince George's County: After 10 years on welfare and enduring homelessness with her three children, she became a clerk typist at the Washington Navy Yard.
Donna J. Sweat, Middle River: After six years on welfare, she has become a licensed practical nurse and is buying a home.
MARYLAND APPRENTICESHIP AND TRAINING PROGRAM
Angelo Coward, Rosedale: After a five-year apprenticeship, he became a journeyman sprinkler fitter and works on The Baltimore Sun's Port Covington project.
Harold Wilson Clegg, New Windsor: A Giant Food carpenter, he can now read blueprints on the job. He met his fiancee at literacy classes.
Mary Kent, Baltimore: She has learned to read, got a job in a hair salon and even tutors others in math.
James R. Presley, Ijamsville: A construction superintendent, he has learned to read at age 45.
Ed Wehnert, Glen Burnie: He has muscular dystrophy and makes the two-mile trip to literacy class in his wheelchair on a bike path. His first note was a love letter to his wife.
Nelson L. Butler, Valley Lee: After failing all his classes in eighth grade, he joined the state program and now has a 3.2 grade-point average at Leonardtown High School.
Jason C. Danner, Berlin: He has overcome learning disabilities at school and has also become the top golfer on the Stephen Decatur High School team.
John S. Randoll, Gaithersburg: He has reversed his failing school work and is expected to graduate with his class at Gaithersburg
PARTNERSHIP FOR WORKFORCE QUALITY
Robert MacKinnis, Berlin: He has upgraded his skills and moved up from mechanical inspector at MaTech Inc., to manager of the quality control department.