Over 120 graduate from Fletcher Technical Community College – News – Daily Comet

Fletcher Technical Community College celebrated the graduation of more than 120 of its students from the current semester Wednesday night during its ceremony at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center.

More than 600 family and friends watched in the stands as the students filed into the center to the classic graduation tune “Pomp and Circumstance” while decked in navy blue regalia, with some sporting honors gold stoles or colored cords.

The college awards associate degrees and certifications in areas such as business, manufacturing and petroleum. Chancellor Kristine Strickland said the college had a large graduating class in the 2017-2018 academic year, with 449 students completing their programs, according to its news release.

“We’re exceptionally proud of the number of students who are going to be entering our community and entering the workforce,” Strickland said.

The college selected Monique Robinson Clark, Seeca Medical’s director of operations, as the commencement speaker. Clark offered her own advice to the graduates that was peppered with quotes from historical greats and modern-day innovators.

From Steve Jobs, she noted that, “Innovation distinguishes between a follower and a leader” and from Albert Einstein, she reminded the graduates that, “We can’t solve problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

“What dreams do you have?” Clark asked the graduates. “The opportunity is now. Seize the moment.”

Strickland estimates more than half of the students she spoke to told her they already have jobs lined up after graduation, adding that 100 percent of Fletcher’s students in its new Certified Line Worker Training Program had jobs before they completed their classes.

Graduate Seth Menard, 24, said he had plans to spend time with his baby daughter and eventually go back to school for a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

“I told myself I’d never go to college and stuff like that and then finally ended up doing it just to better myself,” he said.

Strickland also noted that both traditionally-aged students and nontraditional students comprised the graduating class.

Houma resident Venessa McKinley, 54, received her degree in general studies. Now that’s she’s finished, she plans to continue her education and eventually teach.

“If you’re young, I advise you to stay in school.” McKinley said. “If I can do it at my age, they can do it also.”

— Staff Writer Natalie Schwartz can be reached at 857-2205 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @nmschwartz23.

 

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