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Savannah River Site Forestry technician Amy Bryan honored with governor’s award

Portrait of Amy Bryan in Forest Service uniform.
Savannah River Site forestry technician Amy Bryan, winner of a 2019 Governor’s NCWorks Award of Distinction for Outstanding Young Adult. USDA Forest Service photo by Birdie Powell.

COLORADO—Savannah River Site forestry technician Amy Bryan’s determination to achieve success in life was recognized on Oct. 24, 2019, when she was presented with one of six 2019 Governor’s NCWorks Award of Distinction. The Savannah River Site is a Department of Energy site located in the sand-hills region of South Carolina.

“This year’s NCWorks awards winners are an inspiration to all of us who are focused on job growth and workforce development,” said North Carolina Governor Ray Cooper. “My hope is that their example will be replicated throughout our state as we continue to help North Carolinians get the skills they need to get a good job.”

Bryan, a 2018 graduate of Oconaluftee Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center, credits the center for much of her success. “I never thought I would achieve so much from the program,” said Bryan. “I came to Job Corps with no license, had dropped out of high school and had never been away from home. Because of Job Corps I have a car, my diploma and a career.”

Bryan was honored as an “Outstanding Young Adult” for the hard work and tenacity she demonstrated at Oconaluftee Job Corps as she pursued her education and technical career training. Bryan discusses details of her journey to transform her life in an intimate video interview with NCWorks.

Bryan excelled in the forestry conservation and firefighting vocational training at Oconaluftee Job Corps. After successful details on the Allegheny and Uwharrie national forests, she accepted a work-based learning forestry assignment at the Savannah River Site, where the Forest Service manages approximately 170,000 acres of onsite natural resources.

“Amy is an excellent role model for Job Corp students and other young people,” said Savannah River Site Forest Service representative Jim Segar. “She is proof that with hard work and a great attitude you can achieve your dream of obtaining a job that offers you an exciting career with the Forest Service and possibly other federal agencies.”

Although filled with hard work, Bryan’s training at Oconaluftee was engaging. “My Job Corps experience was very fun and busy. I was always moving around to different jobs, meeting new and amazing people. I was always learning not just how to do my job, but how to grow as a person,” said Bryan.

The Oconaluftee Job Corps center is currently ranked number 27 out of 119 Job Corps centers nationwide. It has an exceptional track record of preparing students with the skills and training sought on national forests and grasslands.