On May 5, the Pittsburgh Public School’s Career and Technical Education (PPS-CTE) Program held its graduation for Seniors. It was a tremendously beautiful event honoring all of the young people who chose to invest their time in and stay committed to the CTE process. Their teachers, parents, mentors and representatives of their future plans (be it the Carpenter’s Apprenticeship Program or LaRoche College), were all in attendance.
At the beginning of the program, two persons close to our hearts were honored with an “Industry Partnership Award”---the Pittsburgh Penguin’s David Morehouse (represented by Tracey McCants-Lewis) and The Buccini/Pollin Group’s Dr. Kimberly C. Ellis. It was a great day for the Lower Hill District! Morehouse was honored because forming a partnership with the CTE Program is something he had always wanted to do and had mentioned to State Representative, Jake Wheatley, many years ago. A former welder who took the helm of a Stanley Cup repeat-award-winning hockey team has been no small feat for David Morehouse. After she was hired by The Buccini/Pollin Group, Dr. Kimberly C. Ellis too the dreams of Morehouse, Wheatley, Howze and more, added to it and made the CTE Partnership and Mentorship Program a real, living development.
“I’m delighted to be doing some of the things my mother did,” said Dr. Ellis, who always speaks fondly of Freda C. Ellis, a beloved member of the Pittsburgh community. Now, Ellis has become a beloved member of the CTE Program and certainly The Buccini/Pollin Group.
Congratulations and thank you for representing us so well, David Morehouse and Dr. Kimberly Ellis!