Blasch’s Les Lak Awarded White House’s “Champion of Change”

From left to right: Laura Patching, USCIS Office of Citizenship, Honoree Khadra Mohamed, President and CEO, Center for Somali Women’s Advancement, David Huerta, President, Service International Union-United Service Workers West, Wendy Kallergis, President and CEO, Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association, Les Lak, Vice President Operation and Systems, Blasch Precision Ceramics, Teresita Wisell, Vice President and Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Westchester Community College.

From left to right: Laura Patching, USCIS Office of Citizenship, Honoree Khadra Mohamed, President and CEO, Center for Somali Women’s Advancement, David Huerta, President, Service International Union-United Service Workers West, Wendy Kallergis, President and CEO, Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association, Les Lak, Vice President Operation and Systems, Blasch Precision Ceramics, Teresita Wisell, Vice President and Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Westchester Community College.

Blasch Precision Ceramics announces that Vice President of Operations and Systems Les Lak was among those honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change” Promoting Citizenship in the Workplace.

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. 

Mr. Lak was chosen for his work in conjunction with the Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County to offer immigrant employees at Blasch a way to improve their English language skills while on the job. Not only do the employees taking part in these classes gain confidence, pride, and better communication skills, but six current employees of Blasch have also been able to achieve United States Citizenship due, in part, to their hard work in these classes.

“I have gotten to know many of these people in our plant; they tell me about their families, their home countries, how well their kids are doing, their hopes and dreams. I highly respect them and enjoy hearing their success stories,” commented Mr. Lak. “This award is their story and it is the same beautiful story played out over decades by millions seeking a better life who have helped make America great.”

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