Tennessee Technology Center hosts graduation ceremony
Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 11:12 am
The Messenger 08.20.08
The Tennessee Technology Center at Newbern (TTCN) recently hosted its first campus-wide graduation ceremony.
Diplomas were awarded in the career and technical areas of automotive, business, drafting and CAD, electronics, heating and air, industrial maintenance, machine shop and practical nursing. During the ceremony, 96 diplomas and 80 technical certificates were conferred.
The 2007-08 graduating class consisted of students from Obion, Dyer, Gibson, Lake, Lauderdale and Weakley counties.
Darlene Bacigalupo Burks of Student Services presided over the ceremony. James King, vice chancellor of the Technology Centers, delivered the commencement address. Brian Collins, TTCN director, and Donna Selby, TTCN assistant director, presented diplomas to graduates with the assistance of program instructors Jim Stafford, Dottye Webb, Miranda Miller, Shannon Stewart, Eddie Brunswick, Jay Litchford, James Palmer, Coy Matheny, Jeff Hogue, Dora Woody and Shannon Miller.
Rachel Bryant and Jill Jones, both members of the graduating class, provided the special music for the ceremony.
The National Technical Honor Society recognized 27 students from the graduating class. To be eligible for membership, students maintained the required “A” or “B” average and adhered to attendance standards set forth by the local chapter. Students recognized by the society for their outstanding academic achievements included Erica Ables, Shane Allen, Chloe Anderson, Marcus Baker, Jennifer Bargery, Ginger Bell, Leslie Bozard, Stephanie Brown, William Bruner, Rachel Bryant, Chevonne Dixon, Robert Doss, Carrie Eaves, Jennifer Gordon, Jill Jones, Christy Kimbro, Lisa King, Sherry Lydon, Carol McClain, Cindy Prince, Kristy Robinson, Dafeny Ruiz, Kenneth Smith, Hope Tarter, Stephanie Vanover, Paul Webb and Georgia White.
SkillsUSA competition winners from the regional, state and national competitions were recognized for their outstanding performances.
Regional competition winners included Eric Hogeland and Ashley Fowler, both in automotive. Medallion winners from the State SkillsUSA conference included Cindy Hunt, bronze in heating and air; and Robert Doss, Peter O’Malley, James Enochs and Amber Cross, all gold in quiz bowl. The National SkillsUSA competitors and voting delegates recognized included Doss, O’Malley, Enochs, Ms. Cross and Marcus Baker, all fourth place in quiz bowl.
SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves trade, industrial, technical and health occupations students in public high schools, career and technical schools and two-year colleges. The association emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education and pride in the dignity of work.
Following the graduation ceremony, a reception honoring the graduating class was hosted by TTCN Student Services staff.
The Tennessee Technology Center at Newbern provides technical and skill training to students in order to meet the occupational needs of employers in the service area. Desirable worker characteristics are also emphasized to instill good work habits, reliability, honesty and other attributes needed for a productive society.
Specifically, the Tennessee Technology Center at Newbern provides technical support to existing business/industry to meet the ever-increasing demands for a highly-trained and skilled work force, a spokesman said.