MOUNT VERNON — Two adult programs of the Knox County Career Center held their first-ever graduation ceremony on Thursday. In a brief, but poignant, ceremony, the students in the inaugural Computerized Numerical Controls Manufacturing Technologies program and the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration program received certificates, and celebrated their successes.
CNC coordinator Dave McGough welcomed the families and friends in attendance, and thanked them for the support they gave to the students.
“If you don’t have families behind you in an undertaking such as this,” he said, “it’s tough.”
McGough also thanked the advisory committee, instructors and support staff for each course and expressed special gratitude for the students. He said it has been awesome to watch them gain self-confidence as they progressed through the class, even though many “hadn’t been in school for a while.” The average grade was in the 90s, McGough added.
Greg Myers, HVACR coordinator, also said, “The guys did a great job.” Talking about some of the challenges which were overcome throughout the course, he commented, “Tonight just goes to show you that you can teach an old dog new tricks.”