Region’s Workforce Honored at Torch Awards

CENTRAL TEXAS — Twenty-two individuals, businesses, and community organizations from a seven county were honored at the Workforce Solutions of Central Texas 34th Annual Torch Awards Luncheon at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center on Friday, October 28, 2022. The event engaged an audience of more than 300 people.

“This event celebrates the best of Central Texas. It tells the success stories of our outstanding job seekers, businesses, and community partners,” said Susan Kamas, Executive Director for Workforce Solutions of Central Texas.

As part of the celebration, students from Killeen Independent School District and Temple Independent School District participated in and supported the event honoring the award recipients. KISD Career Center AV production students setup and managed all the production aspects, including running the cameras and playing the music. Temple ISD manufacturing students designed and manufactured all the awards.

Kamas, along with Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Bryan Daniel and Workforce Solutions of Central Texas Board Chair Kevin Roberts presented awards to the honorees. Each honoree also received a Congressional Recognition Certificate from Congressman John Carter.


Personal Achievement Award

Crystal Chukwunta

Brandon Troy Cummings

Amadaleez Garcia Flores

Susan Howald

William McKnight

Trudy Perry

Rochelle Russell-Odom

Torch Bearer Award

Kristen Smith

Amanda Thompson

Community Partner Award

Janice Roberson

Prison Fellowship Ministries

Sohn Stancell, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Employer of the Year Award

General Motors, Shifting Gears Program

Love and Learning Center of Milam County

MooreCo, Inc

Yahweh’s Learning Center

Professional of the Year Award

Bob Gear

Karla and Bobby Jurado

Cynthia Zapata

Distinguished Service Award

 Mary Kliewer

Tama Shaw

Martha Tyroch

Leadership Award

Judge Steve Young, Milam County

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