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65 Area students receive college diploma or certificate

Graduating High School is a major accomplishment in itself. Now imagine graduating High School and College at the same time!

Well, 28 area students did just that, completing high school and receiving an associate of Arts degree from Crowder College at the same time. Another 37 students gained a high level certificate so they can go straight to work following high school graduation in a great paying career field.

Melissa Smith, Director of Concurrent Enrollment & Joplin Advanced Training and Technology Center told News Talk KZRG “I could not be more proud of these students and their accomplishments. Each of these students reached above and beyond what was required of their normal high school studies to accomplish something greater. Each year we’ve seen an increase in the number of students waiting to obtain a degree. Whether it’s gaining a high level certificate so they can go straight to work following high school graduation, or like many of those seeking an Associate degree they want to cut their time in half towards the pursuit of a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree. These students see the value of higher education and are working hard towards achieving their educational goals. Crowder College is proud to partner with so many of our local high school and technical centers who believe in making these opportunities available to students as it’s an investment in our future workforce, our schools, as well as strengthens our communities,”

In total, 65 Students went above and beyond and their future looks brighter than ever.

Students earning their Associate of Art-General Studies degrees include:
Aurora High School – Kaden Clark, Amber Gorman, Savannah Miller, Ethan Mooneyham, Madelynn Schmidt
Carl Junction – Peyton Brownlee, Jeffery Dankelson, Kaitlyn DeGraw, Ruth Ann Graham (Business Administration), Courtney Schmidt, and Josie Wilkins
Carthage– Garrek McCune
Joplin – Kathryn Singleton, Delevan Chambers, Joseph McGuire, Katie Nelson, Ta’Lynn Phillips, Victoria Roush, Addalli Vogt, Kaila Winn
Northeast Vernon – Kelly Dade
Neosho – Mikena Brown, Hannah Marshall (History), Channille VanStory
Southwest – Lane Cargile
Homeschool – Madison Brown (Graphic Design) and Weldon Halladay II (Diesel)

Students earning a certificate include:
Carl Junction – Programmable Logic Controller – Tyler Bridgewater, Geofrey Currier, Wesley DePratt, Phillip Hail, Dylan Liberman, Ashley Stokes, Joseph Wolf
Diamond – Certified Nurse Assistant – Taylor Hembree, Catalina Rangel
East Newton – Criminal Justice – Rebecca Haggard
McDonald County – Certified Nurse Assistant – Gracie Epperson, Alexia Kitlen, Laynee Tinsley, Kassidy Whiteeagle
Neosho – Criminal Justice – Megan Andrews, Miranda Beets; Certified Nurse Assistant – Sydney Condreay, Halie Fulp, Estefani Herrarte, Hailey Huff, Kennedy Lamp, Taylor Lamp, Cadence Minton, Keiki-Lani Samson; Criminal Justice – Esmeralda Ortega, Gage Roberts; Welding – Elizabeth Rose
Seneca – Criminal Justice – Roger Cottrell
Webb City – Programmable Logic Controller – Grant Baer, Isaac Martinez, Mason Phillips, Gage Rossetti



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