FRANKLIN — The Franklin Business and Professional Women (BPW) recently received a record number of nominations for this year's Woman of Achievement. Patricia Prescott was chosen from nominees who are outstanding in their career, lend assistance to other women in their advancement, give guidance to youth and young career women and provide leadership and advancement to Central New Hampshire.
Prescott was celebrated for her outstanding 19-year career in the Franklin School District where she began as an 8th Grade Teacher's Assistant at Franklin Middle School. After deciding to further her education to become a Special Education teacher, she continued her career at both Paul Smith and Rowell Elementary Schools.
For the past 13 years, Prescott has been the Program Director for Franklin High School's School to Work Program, working with at-risk youth. This job and career development program offers eligible students a unique, hands-on approach to academic instruction and pre-employment work while building many skill and increasing maturity. Prescott leads the students through job and career shadowing, job and career internships, leadership activities, experience running a retail business (Campus Creations/Franklin High School's school store), and adult mentoring and summer program employment. She gives guidance, leadership, and mentoring to Franklin youth who may have otherwise not graduated high school, and attained the skills necessary to obtain employment and pursue a career. Additionally, she has assisted many youth in overcoming their own personal barriers, which may have prevented them from becoming productive members of the community and reaching their own personal goals.
rescott created Campus Creations, a non-profit, retail business that is operated by the School to Work students, allowing them to experience running an actual business. Campus Creations expanded from its storefront downtown to its larger presence at Franklin High School, making it more convenient for students and staff to purchase school spirit items, school supplies and other everyday items. Proceeds are used to improve and sustain the store operation. This retail business provides the School to Work Program students with a hands-on opportunity that includes employment skill competencies.
This year's Woman of Achievement celebration was sponsored by Franklin Savings Bank; the presentation bouquet and floral centerpiece arrangements were provided by Marshall's Florists. The Franklin BPW, established in 1948, has annually honored a distinguished Woman of Achievement since 1968.