THE Career Makeover competition has been described as a way of demonstrating the power education can have to help change someone's path in life.
The sixth-annual competition, sponsored by the John Wood Community College Foundation and WGEM, provides a scholarship covering the cost of up to 68 credit hours -- or completion of a selected degree or certification -- and books and fees.
Most important, it provides an opportunity for the winner to use the classroom to improve on or learn employment skills, better their current work position or pursue a new career to make their lives better.
WGEM Vice President and General Manager Carlos Fernandez calls the Career Makeover competition "a life-changing event."
Randy Hufford would undoubtedly agree.
The 2015 winner graduated from JWCC last May with a degree in manufacturing technology. Not only was he able to further his education in manufacturing, he earned two promotions at Titan International, where he continued to work full time while attending classes.
"(The additional education) has improved every aspect of my life," Hufford told The Herald-Whig last year. "I'm a better person now. Education has done so much for me."
And it can do the same for the 2018 winner.
That's why we encourage adults aged 24 years or older who are not current or recent JWCC students to apply for the competition at jwcc.edu/makeover.
Those without internet access may pick up paper applications at JWCC or WGEM. The deadline is Jan. 20.
The winner will have to survive the initial application process, being part of a semifinal field of 10 and a final round of three, while advancing through multiple interviews and other inquiries. The competition has attracted an average of about 70 applicants each year, with a high of 82 in 2014.
Clearly, the Career Makeover has proved to be an important steppingstone for the previous five winners, and the hope is that a good thing continues to get better.