BLOUNTVILLE — Eight students are celebrating two graduations this 12 months in Sullivan County Schools.
These students graduated from highschool and earned a one-year certificates from Northeast State Community College.
The students accomplished all the highschool commencement necessities whereas additionally accumulating greater than 30 hours of faculty credit score on the similar time via a dual enrollment program made accessible to them at their excessive colleges, with six from West Ridge in welding and two from Sullivan East in machine device.
Dual enrollment gives tougher programs, and extra importantly in line with county college system profession technical schooling supervisor Debbie Madgett, a pathway to post-secondary coaching and the workforce. The East students graduated on Thursday evening, whereas the West Ridge students graduated on Friday evening.
“These students have accepted the challenge” and completed what she referred to as “an extraordinary goal for a high school student,” Madgett mentioned.
She mentioned being a dual enrollment graduate prepares them higher for the longer term and opens extra alternatives for coming into the workforce in the event that they select that possibility.
Dual enrollment grant-based funds have been additionally accessible for monetary help to the applications they have been enrolled in and with assist from their highschool and Northeast State workers they have been capable of make the most of these funds.
“I wanted to leave high school with more than just my high school diploma and the only cost was $66.25 for one book,” dual enrollment graduate Eli Richardson of Sullivan East mentioned. “I think it helped me decide how I wanted my future to be and I plan on finishing my Machine Tool degree at Northeast State.”
Richardson additionally mentioned one in all his highschool lecturers, Jamie Gray, was very instrumental in his choice to decide on dual enrollment by explaining all the pieces about this system and the best way to get enrolled in it.
Another Sullivan East dual enrollment scholar, Seth Snyder, had constructive feedback about this system as effectively.
“My parents said it would be a good thing to get into,” including that “it got my foot in the door” and that he’ll proceed his schooling at Northeast State and plans to get a great job as soon as he finishes his Associates diploma.
Sullivan County Schools Career and Technical Education Department is specializing in offering each alternative for his or her students to receive a “Diploma Plus” whereas nonetheless in highschool, Madgett mentioned.
Among these alternatives are; Work-based Learning, Dual Credit, Dual Enrollment, Industry Credential, Pre-apprenticeships and Apprenticeships. The division and college system are working intently with enterprise and trade and post-secondary establishments to supply these alternatives, Madgett mentioned.