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On May 9, 270 graduates crossed the stage before more than 2,000 friends and family members during the annual commencement ceremony for Jefferson Community and Technical College at the Kentucky International Convention Center.
This year, nearly 1,700 students earned about 3,500 certificates, diplomas and/or associates degrees. Among the graduates were students ranging in age from 17 to 70, representing 26 countries on five continents. The ceremony honored graduates from fall 2010 and spring and summer 2011.
Students heard from fellow graduate Norma Thomas, who delivered the student address. She described the variety of forces that brought the diverse group together through an “affordable community college” that offered the “opportunity to change ourselves and our future” to adapt to a “new workplace landscape that demands higher skill levels.”
Thomas, who already holds a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, returned to college to change careers and become an occupational therapist assistant.
Kentucky Sen. Dan Seum, who received Jefferson’s Award for Community Service, spoke of coming from humble beginnings. He told the graduates that if they wanted something enough to work for it, they could achieve great things. By obtaining a degree at Jefferson the graduates have started down the path to a successful career as well as a successful life, he said. Seum congratulated the graduates on taking this important step toward a bright future.
Graduates also heard from Dr. Tony Newberry, JCTC president, who said, “reaching your college graduation is no easy task – it isn’t supposed to be easy. But it is what makes the rewards of your accomplishment so rich and fulfilling.”
Spring 2011 dean’s list
JCTC would like to announce the dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester. Students must maintain full-time status and a cumulative grade average of 3.5 or higher to be included:
Alex Adams, Juliann Adams, Jonathon Ball, Casey Banta, Amy Belongie, Ethan Brown, Lana Browning, Christopher Creighton, Alicia Curry, Jessica Dunaway, Jennifer Duncan, Taja Durand, Brian Ferguson, Jan Ferguson, Jay Fox, Gene Hill, Amber Lafferty, Katarina Lawrence, John Marr, Amanda Mclemore, Trent Mullikin, Scot Peters, Donald Poe II, Tara Redman, Charles Rich, Troy Robinson, Alicia Ruplinger, Craig Sullivan, Sarah Supplee and William Tackett.
Lindsey Wilson College is coming to Carrollton. LWC is offering an accelerated bachelor’s degree program in human services and counseling and a master’s degree program in mental health counseling and human development at the JCTC Carrollton Campus.
To find out more about these programs, join us at JCTC Carrollton’s Campus for a reception from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28.
Heather Yocum is Student Affairs Specialist at JCTC Carrollton.