Graduates earn tech certificates
by Celia Shortt
The West Georgia Technical College students at Coweta’s Central Educational Center received their technical certificates at their commencement ceremony Wednesday. Among the students recognized Wednesday night were students from all three Coweta high schools – East Coweta High School, Newnan High School and Northgate High School.
These graduates have taken advantage of the innovative options in this educational system, said CEC CEO Mark Whitlock during his opening remarks. They are leaders.
Others recognized included adults enrolled at WGTC. The ceremony was held at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Lower Fayetteville Road.
Dual enrollment allows high school students to earn college credit while still in high school. It is a landmark feature of CEC and WGTC and continues to grow throughout Coweta County.
The WGTC/CEC commencement ceremony also featured speeches by students Megan Merrick and Amanda Garrison, as well as a commencement address by State Representative Lynn Smith, R-Newnan.
Merrick had been a student in the culinary program and received two certificates, for food production worker and for prep cook.
“This class has been an outstanding experience and a great way to end my high school career,” she said in her remarks.
Merrick plans to go into psychology in college. Even though she is not continuing in the culinary profession, she feels the education she received through the program will benefit all areas of her life.
Amanda Garrison received her basic dental assisting certificate and her advanced dental assistant certificate.
“Picking the dual enrollment dental course was the best decision I made in my educational career,” she said in her speech.
Garrison plans on being a dental assistant after graduation.
In her commencement address, Smith commented on these students’ hard work and achievement.
“Those of you who are here today on the stage, getting your certificates, are here because of a desire to want to do something,” she said. “CEC means we are developing the workforce for today and for the future.”
“We applaud you for what you’re doing and the effort you put in,” she added.
She also encouraged the students to have the right attitude, because having the right attitude will allow them to stop at nothing, she said.
Two hundred and thirty-five college certificates were awarded at Wednesday’s ceremony. Some students earned more than one certificate, and this number includes students who were dual enrolled and adult students.