Shaun left Pace High School in the middle of his junior year back in 1995 because, in his own words, “I just basically lost interest in school completely.”
His employment with Conrad Yelvington Distributors began in 2006. From 2006 through 2008 he advanced from yard laborer, to dispatcher, to terminal manager. Based in Daytona Beach, FL, Conrad Yelvington Distributors handles the distribution of construction aggregates such as sand, gravel, rock, and concrete. The company has 26 locations in the Southeast with Shaun in charge of operations at five sites in Alabama and Mississippi.
SHCOHS proved to be just the ticket for Shaun as he sought advancement with the company.
“I was promoted to supervisor with the understanding that I was going to get my high school diploma, which was required,” Shaun said. “The flexibility I have with SHCOHS is making this possible. I tried going to night classes at adult high school before I got with SHCOHS, but with my job I have to travel, and if you miss six days with adult high school, they kick you out and you have to start over. With this program, I can be in Alabama and get my school work done in a hotel or wherever I am without having to sit in a classroom two hours a night, and I can also spend more time with my family.”
“This is a lot better than the classroom setting. The courses are laid out so well that I haven’t even had to call any of the teachers at SHCOHS to finish a course. One of the biggest things I’ve gotten out of the career certificate side of it is time management skills. I’m already in a management position and I’ve been able to take things I’ve learned from the classes and apply them at work.”
In closing, Shaun said that the main thing that motivated him to get his diploma is the desire to make life easier for his six-year-old son, JD.