Zachary High welding instructor awarded _lowres

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Davis Rayborn, left, Zachary High School's welding instructor, is awarded a certificate of recognition by School Board Member Hubie Owen Oct. 20 for his recent award from the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance as a Craft Education champion. In background is Superintendent Scott Deviller, left, and Board Secretary Connie Aslin.

The Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance recognized several winners at its eighth annual Craft Workforce Development Awards banquet Sept. 10.

The awards program was developed in 2007 through a joint effort of the GBRIA Contractor Workforce Development Committee and local contractors, and was designed to promote best practices that improve the skills and retention of craft personnel in the region and to recognize and reward contractors who invest in workforce development programs, including recruitment, assessment, training, career paths and retention, a news release said.

New this year, GBRIA recognized eight high schools for demonstrating an outstanding job of teaching and promoting career and technical education classes related to construction as a High School Program Partner of the Pelican Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors.

One of those high schools was Zachary High and welding instructor Davis Rayborn.

Rayborn was recognized as a GBRIA Craft Education champion for his extraordinary achievement the past school year developing and promoting an educational program and curriculum that meets industry needs, the release said.

He received a certificate of recognition Oct. 20 from the Zachary Community School Board.