Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Graduation time in Dorchester County kicked off May 28 with the commencement exercises of Dorchester County Adult Education for districts two and four. The celebration was held in the auditorium at Ashley Ridge High School.
Welcoming remarks were delivered by Julie Anne Kornahrens, director of Adult and Community Education. Kornahrens announced that more than 8,000 adults will graduate in South Carolina this year. These are students who went back to school to learn English as a Second Language (ESL), finish high school credentials or take technical classes needed for the workforce.
As of May 28 the Dorchester County Adult Education program had 164 graduates who have now earned their credentials.
“That number is expected to rise because there is still a June session to get through,” Kornahrens said.
Kornahrens was joined on stage by DD2 board members. Linda Huffman, assistant superintendent for administration and personnel, led the audience in the welcoming invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Along with the graduates, ESL completers and those earning a Career Readiness Certificate were included in the program. Additionally, throughout satellite programs at the Dorchester County Detention Center, Vocational Rehabilitation, SC Works Dorchester and Goodwill Industries, an additional 145 Career Readiness Certificates were earned – 20 gold, 80 silver and 45 bronze.
Shelly Baker, finance/administrative support for the Summerville Adult Learning Center, said students and county residents earned a total of 648 Career Readiness Certificates at various levels.
“Our WorkKeys preparation and assessment program assists in promoting the economic development in our county,” she said, “as well as providing our students and residents with the credentials they need to be successful in their future college and career paths all while assisting our county’s efforts to become Certified WorkReady.”
Baker added the Adult Education program is one of only five out of 58 programs statewide that has met or exceeded all 12 federally established performance measures – an accomplishment “not easy to attain.”
“This is accomplished by having dedicated teachers and support staff along with the support of the Board of Trustees, superintendents and assistant superintendents in both districts combined with the determination of our students,” she said. “These key components working together is what makes our program successful.”
A number of students were recognized as Students of the Year in different categories. The list of Students of the Year is as follows:
English as a Second Language Student of the Year: Ulises Rosas
Givhans Alternative Program, High School Diploma Student of the Year: Kimberly Burns
DD2 Young Adult Program Student of the Year – Karra Lord
DD2 Adult Program Student of the Year – Adriane Takeall
DD2 Afternoon/Evening Adult Program Student of the Year – Melissa Reis
DD4 Young Adult Program Student of the Year – Michael Nolan
DD4 Adult Program Student of the Year – George Moore
Trident Technical College Scholarship Award recipient – Ashley José
DD2 Superintendent Joe Pye left the graduates with a Dr. Seuss quote for inspiration: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
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