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NSCC Career Academy celebrates 37 dual enrollment graduates

Tom Wilson, Community Contributor • May 6, 2019 at 8:30 PM

KINGSPORT — A group of almost 40 Sullivan and Washington county students will make the graduation walk for a local community college before they go through their high school graduation ceremonies.

That means the dual enrollment opportunities at Northeast State Community College continue to double the academic success for more and more high school students.

The college’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Office recognized the newest crop of high school students set to earn their high school diplomas and first college credentials in the same semester at a Career Academy graduation celebration held April 29 at the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM).

HOW MANY IN THE GROUP?

NSCC recognized 37 high school students from Sullivan and Washington counties earning their technical certificates and/or associate degrees this year. The dual enrollment students get to participate in the college’s spring commencement ceremony on May 7.

“These students have accomplished a major milestone in their college education all while enrolled in high school,” said Chelsea Rose, director of CTE at NSCC. “They have a huge head start whether they want to continue their education and go straight into the workforce.”

Students celebrated their graduation and picked up their caps and gowns for commencement. Sullivan County Schools CTE Director Aaron Flanary, Sullivan County Director of Schools Evelyn Rafalowski and Washington County Director of Schools William Flanary were on hand to congratulate the students.

“We are very proud of these students and how dual enrollment has grown in recent years,” said Sam Rowell, vice president of workforce development at NSCC. “This has been a collaborative effort, and I am grateful to all the high schools and their CTE program leaders who have partnered with us to make this program successful.”

Student will earn credentials in welding, computer-aided drafting, aviation maintenance, machine tool operations, entertainment technology, and electrical technology. This marks a record annual number of high school students earning a certificate or degree through dual enrollment from NSCC.

Sullivan Central High

Welding: Conner Childers, Austin Cole, Tristan Davenport, Shane Hamelryck, Benjamin Lane, Michael Loving, Jacob Milligan-McMurray, Jack Musick and Ronald Vandenburg.

Sullivan East

Machine tool: Justin Botts, Blake Fannon, Dylan Higgins, Austin Ramsey and Jacob Rouse.

Entertainment technology: Katlyn Carter, Austin Leonard, Rodney Lucas Shaffer and Averi Sills.

Computer-aided drafting: Kayla Honaker, Thomas Hubbard, Zion Laoo and Hunter Mullins.

Sullivan South

Aviation maintenance: Jonathan Almen, Glenn Carter Gibson, Joseph Rutherford and Jacob Smith.

David Crockett

Computer-aided drafting: Bradley Bailey, Erin Chapman, Jacob Livesay, Isaac Osborne, Amanda Slagle, James Viar and Dalton Williams.

Daniel Boone

Computer-aided drafting: Taylor Reeves.

Homeschooled students

Electricity: Haven Hensley.

Welding: Elijah Sellers.

Electrical technology (associate’s of applied science): Randall Lupi.

(The machine tool students are graduating contingent on completing one class next fall before their degrees are conferred. However, they qualify to participate in the spring commencement ceremony.)

WHAT ARE MORE PROGRAM DETAILS?

Dual enrollment, as a fast track for efficient education, has gained momentum over several years. Creation of the Career Readiness Scholarship program in Washington and Sullivan counties in 2016 developed a pipeline of high school students moving into college classes. Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable praised the new graduates, as well as the Sullivan County Commission for its foresight years ago in making dual enrollment a priority.

“I really believe this was one of our best initiatives,” Venable said. “I see the future of our region here today, and it is a wonderful thing.”

Dual enrollment students learn through classroom study, math and the practical applications in a laboratory setting. Math meets metal in the welding and machining shops, where instructors track the progress of students. The dual enrollment students earning their certificates and degrees this spring will receive their diplomas on May 7 during the spring commencement ceremony. Commencement is being held at the East Tennessee State University Athletic Center, known as the Mini-Dome, in Johnson City.

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