Tongue Point Job Corps Center hosted the annual Gimre Awards earlier this month, recognizing organizations and individuals in the community who have made significant contributions to the center and its students during the past year.

The Gimre Awards were established seven years ago in memory of Kermit Gimre, a long time member of the center's Community Relations Council and an enthusiastic advocate of Job Corps in the community. Staff members submit nominations of individuals and organizations who have provided outstanding support to assist our students in becoming successful.

"The Gimre Awards have become a great tradition at Tongue Point," said Center Director Nancy Pyburn. 'It's a pleasure to honor our supporters in the community, but always hard to select just a few for special recognition."

Bill Antilla, from Clatsop Community College's Marine and Environmental Research and Training Station program, was recognized for his outstanding support of the seamanship program. Antilla has provided assistance with maritime curriculum design and makes recommendations for training enhancements as a member of the center's Industry Advisory Council.

The Astoria Police Department's award was accepted by Assistant Chief Alan Oja. The center selected the Police Department for recognition based on its support and positive attitude demonstrated to students. Its ability to help students feel like a valued part of the community was acknowledged by center staff.

The third Gimre was awarded to Dr. Roy Little, honored for his support and professional commitment to the success of the Job Corps program and students. His advice and counsel as a contracted physician have lent stability to the Health and Wellness Department for many years, organizers say.

Providence Seaside Extended Care Unit was recognized for its professional and capable mentorship of Nursing Assistant students participating in clinical training.

The center recognized Eileen Purcell for her support of the English as a Second Language formal instructional program in academics and informal volunteer tutoring in the dorms.

"Like Mr. Gimre before them, these recipients have unselfishly shared their time and expertise to benefit the Job Corps program. They've helped to improve the lives of hundreds of students at Tongue Point by giving them support in the community," said Pyburn.