• Rotary Year: 2018-2019
  • Application Date: 5/30/2018
  • Club Name (Primary): Woodstock
  • Club Name 2: Mt. Jackson-Edinburg
  • Club Name 3: New Market
  • Project Name: Triplett Tech Career & Technical Pavilion
  • Project Total Cost: $35,050.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $6,050.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: Focus - Education
    Project - Triplett Tech Career & Technical Pavilion
    Location - Shenandoah County Fairgrounds
    1. To showcase benefits of work skills training at the technical school
    leading to jobs for graduates.
    2. To create an off-site connection between the tech school
    and the local community to promote career education
    3. To promote Rotary's involvement with all aspects of education
    with emphasis on workforce training

    The project is construction of a pavilion at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. The structure will then be used to spotlight the job-earning results of secondary school educational preparation for the job market. Constructed by students, with the guidance of Tech School teachers, the structure itself will attest to the skills learned. Its primary importance, however, will be to showcase Triplett Tech career training at events at the Fairgrounds throughout the year.

    The pavilion will measure 30 X 80 feet. The back end will be a bricked-in room, Front will be an open, picnic shelter style area. The pavilion will be a stage to showcase the technical skills taught, highlight its various courses, demonstrate student accomplishments and spotlight employment success stories. Participative events will draw in visitors and the space will be available for special Rotary use as well.

    The signature event at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds is the week-long County Fair - in its 101st year this year. Attendance last year topped 30,000. The Fairgrounds hosts numerous other events throughout the year, where the pavilion will attract attention to the Tech School and its educational offerings.

    Triplett evolved and matured into a respected source of education for students in Shenandoah County. Its progressive curriculum, content, teachers and facilities are an asset to the community.

    However, promotion of vocational training as a whole has not kept pace with the progressive educational offerings.

    Movement to recruit students for career training is gaining momentum worldwide. Rotary International has programs to train vocational training teams for other countries.

    Mark Phillips was hired by Norway’s Ministry of Education to train vocational education teachers. He stated in the Washington Post that "it was eye opening to be in a country where vocational education had high prestige, was well funded, and included students who could have gone to medical school if that had been their preference."

    He also noted that in Finland’s highly successful educational system, 45% of the students choose a technical track, not an academic track, after completing their basic education.
    Here in the United States, the education is available, but trends in the last twenty years have emphasized college education rather than skills training. The result is the current shortage of skilled personnel to fill the good jobs available.

    The collaborating Rotary Clubs have recognized the need for promotion of technical training and are backing this project to create a stage where achievements through career training can be highlighted and encouraged.

    Our involvement with the project is:
    • To fund and participate in planning and construction of the pavilion
    • To endorse the authenticity of career paths through tech schools
    • To promote the technical training programs of Triplett
    • To emphasize the Rotary Clubs' endorsement of career training
    as a significant part of our commitment to education and literacy
  • Expected Start Date: 7/6/2018
  • Expected End Date: 5/7/2018
  • Expected Number of Beneficiaries: 2000
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: The economy has a huge need for a skilled workforce in the trades. Students who graduate from career training are finding lucrative career paths. They are finding jobs right out of high school, even while planning to continue their training, on-the-job or in advanced trade schools.

    Encouraging students to learn the trades will benefit students who need to enter the job market right out of school. Learning provided at Triplett Tech can jump start students on a lucrative career path. Those students who learn better by hands-on training will have better potential for achievement.

    Students will benefit who, for whatever reason, are not college-bound.

    The Rotary promotional campaign seeks to change the perception of technical training. As trade skills recruitment expands, average grade students now in any of the three high schools can have an immediate benefit.

    There are now 245 students enrolled at Triplett, including morning and afternoon students.. There is room for more. Triplett also offers post secondary classes and adult training to upgrade skills.

    The current county high school population is almost 2,000 students, A larger percentage of students could benefit by signing on for career training.

    The umbrella concept behind this project is to create a link between the school and the community, parents and students in particular, to reach better understanding of the good income opportunities in the trades.

    The pavilion provides an off-site location where the technical school and its courses can be featured. Rotary's targeted promotion plans will create enthusiasm and encouragement to consider career training. It will also demonstrate Rotary's encouragement of education for all types of talents.

    Current career paths at Triplett include:
    • Auto body technology
    • Auto Technology
    • Carpentry
    • Cyber Security
    • Culinary
    • Computer Networking
    • Cosmetology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Child Care
    • Electricity
    • Health Care Science
    • Nurse Aide
    • Masonry

    The Woodstock Rotary Club has already begun reaching out to career path students. The Club has provided more than $100,000 in scholarships over its history - all for college education.

    Several years ago, criteria for earning a scholarship were revised to include personal traits, volunteering and experiences as well as financial need. These factors entered heavily into scholarship consideration. The change was made specifically to encourage career path students to apply. In addition, trade school advanced education was added, That very year, a scholarship was provided for diesel training.

  • Expected Total Project Volunteer Hours: 483
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): Members of each of the three collaborating clubs are committed to work on this project in one way or another. Multiple individual assignments will be developed such as taking photos, handling communications, handling follow up, etc.

    Project leader is being provided by the Woodstock Club.

    Work over the next year is estimated at:

    • Students - 160 hours
    • Teachers - 160 hours
    • American General Contractors members - 40 hours
    • Other- 40 hours
    • Rotarians - 143 hours

    Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation):
    (try to limit to 200 words)

    Hours on promotion and publicity – Please note extensive plans for Promotion and Publicity. They are a significant part of the Rotary time commitment and will promote the Rotary involvement in this broader scope of education in addition to the Triplett Tech promotion.

    July-August 2018

    18 hours - 3 Rotarians at 3 meetings, 2 hours each
    Work with the school committee to lay out calendar for purchases, permits, planning meetings, work schedules and reporting. Finalize how, when and where Rotarians will help with construction.

    16 hours – Outline strategy for gaining attention for the project and Rotary Club sponsors. Researching calendars of school events, community events, fairground events and other opportunities for promotion and attention, choosing Rotary recognition insignia and on-site signage.

    Sept 2018-mid-November 2019

    16 hours – 2 Rotarians - 2 hours/week – 4 of 12 weeks, working with students and teachers on site

    6 hours – 2 Rotarians reviewing plans, calendars, communication with school committee and clubs, public relations

    8 hours – Fair-centered promotional activities

    January-February 2019

    9 hours – 3 Rotarians - Major review of progress to date, expectations, addressing changes, co-ordination with Fairgrounds personnel, readjusting schedules, budget, reviewing necessary permits and satisfactions, input to grant requirements

    6 hrs - Continuing public relations, follow up on previous contacts and establishing new interest

    6 hours – Preparation of presentation for District Conference in March

    March 2019-April

    16 Hours working with students – 2 Rotarians - 2 hours/week – 4 of 8 weeks

    6 hours – 2 Rotarians reviewing plans, calendars, communication with school committee, progress, changes toward successful conclusion, meeting with school students and faculty, reviewing plans, progress, changes, etc toward success

    10 hours - Writing news releases, designing promotional materials, taking advantage of opportunities, planning for grand opening

    4 hours - Make presentation to District conference and all three clubs

    May 2019

    8 hours - Organizing, reporting, preparation of reports, budgets, thanks and continuations of relationships, write up and submit financial reports to District

    12 hours - Preparing for grand opening and all of its public relations involvement, preparing presentation for each of the three clubs, presentation to Triplett school year event and presentation of scholarship


    Presentation to each of the three Rotary clubs
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: Promotion will have the overarching theme of Rotary endorsement of all types of education for all types of talents, with the emphasis on the newly recognized benefits of career training. Through this new program, we can reach out to students who may also become tomorrow's small business owners and tomorrow's Rotarians.

    The team leader for all three clubs is experienced in gaining recognition and attention for the Rotary Club of Woodstock in a wide variety of county media. Her articles appear monthly in the District publication, Informer.

    The full scope of media in the Valley will be used including:
    Newspapers including NOVA Daily
    Magazines including Mountain Courier
    Organization websites
    County Chamber of Commerce
    Calendars of events
    Shenandoah Fairgrounds publications and literature
    High school publications
    Social media - Facebook, Twitter
    Employer publications
    Harrisonburg television
    Radio interviews
    District publication - Informer

    News making activities will include:
    Announcement of the project by Triplett and the Rotary
    Ground breaking
    News on job opportunities in each of the 13 courses of study
    Triplett success stories
    Involvement in Triplett year-end activities; presentations of scholarships
    Individual human interest stories
    Publicity in trade communications for the 13 course
    Publicity in construction trade press

    Each will include reference to Rotary's involvement in the project. At least one will include Rotary's history of service to the Shenandoah Valley.


    The Triplett Career and Technology pavilion will contain a large Rotary insignia and signage for all three clubs.

    Donation of billboards in the Shenandoah Valley will be sought, bearing the Rotary insignia, promoting the pavilion. (Efforts to secure billboards in the past have been successful repeatedly.)

    All publicity generated will include reference to the Rotary involvement.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: Triplett Tech School participation

    Fairgrounds - Excerpt from minutes approving
    Triplett Career & Techjnical pavilion

    Above are the official participants.

    Others contributing to the project are:

    American Subcontractors Association of the Shenandoah Valley -
    $2,000 donation and donation of manpower

    Virginia Construction Industry - $3,000 donation

    Private cash contributors: $1500

    American General Contractors Assn - Volunteering 40 manhours

  • Letter(s) of Participation: 4 Ltr of co-op Triplett.jpg
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget Upload.See Budget Upload
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee Budget Upload
  • Budget Upload: Triplett Tech Funding Sources.xlsx
  • Primary Contact Name: Steve Morlan
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: Woodstock Rotary President Nominee
  • Primary Contact Email: smorlan@shentel.net
  • Primary Contact Phone: 540-335-3767
  • Financial Contact Name: Cena Hubbell
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Woodstock Rotary Treasurer
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    PO Box 25
    Toms Brook, VA 22660
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  • Financial Contact Email: cenalh12@gmail.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 540-335-8334
  • Project Authorization Form: 2 Project Authorization Letter.pdf
  • Supporting Uploads: 10 nvd stateskillsusa 18 001.jpg, 11 TT AmerSubContractors 001.jpg, 12 Student success story part 2.jpg, 13 Student success story2.jpg, 14 50th anniversary.jpg, 3 Fairgrounds approval.pdf, 5 MTC pavilion 1.jpg, 6 MTC pavilion 3.jpg, 7 Pavilion in use.docx, 8 CULINARY ARTS SUCCESS STORIES.docx, 9 Meeting the Purposes.docx
  • Grant Number1819C-07
  • Grant Award$6,050.00