Echols High School Students Earn College Certificates


December 13, 2013

Echols High School Students

Six Echols County High School students were honored for completing the required courses for the Criminal Justice Specialist Technical Certificate of Credit from Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (WGTC) on December 11. These students were the first Echols students to complete the Criminal Justice program track and become eligible to earn the certificate while attending high school. Each of the six students completed a sequence of five criminal justice courses through the dual enrollment program at WGTC. The dual enrollment program allows high school students to take college courses while they are still attending high school. Students completing the courses from the program included Cheyenne Anderson, Marisa Segundo, Kimberly Cabrera, Emmalee Bracewell, Travis Smith, and Reece Register.

DeAnnia Clements, Dean of Professional Services at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, welcomed everyone to the ceremony. She congratulated the students on their accomplishments and encouraged them to continue their education. She challenged them to continue to work toward meeting their goals and pursuing opportunities to open doors for future prosperity and contributions to their communities. Dean Clements thanked the students for accepting the challenge of taking college classes and school administrators and counselor, Karen Black, for support of the dual enrollment program through Wiregrass Georgia Technical College.

Mark Pack, Criminal Justice Program Coordinator at WGTC, commended the students on their accomplishments and encouraged them to continue classes either on-line or on the WGTC campus to earn their Criminal Justice Degree. He reminded students that because they have completed the course requirements for their TCC, that they will be eligible to participate in the WGTC Graduation Ceremony which will be held in May 2014.

Karen black, high school counselor, recognized the students as the first class of Echols County students to complete the Criminal Justice Technical Certificate college track. She informed those attending that the class was a great group of young people that would become community leaders and accomplish great things.

Principal Dave Rosser thanked Wiregrass Georgia Technical College for coming onto the high school campus and providing students with the opportunity to take dual enrollment classes. He also thanked the parents for attending the ceremony and for supporting their students enrolled in the program. Appreciation was also expressed to Karen Black for her dedication to students and working with WGTC to provide students with opportunities to take college classes while still in high school.