Wiregrass Georgia Technical College premiered the Fall 2020 Commencement Exercises virtually on Thursday, December 17. The ceremony honored 452 students who were awarded their associate degree, diploma or technical certificate of credit as well as 23 High School equivalency graduates. Among those graduating, the college awarded 77 Associate Degrees, 137 Diplomas, and 553 Technical Certificates. Some students received Technical Certificates in multiple areas.
Culinary Arts graduate Hailey Rathmann found the Dual Enrollment program to be the perfect ingredient to help succeed sooner at Wiregrass. Before attending college, Hailey was homeschooled from preschool and up until she started taking dual enrollment courses. In addition to her schooling, she stayed busy with dance and Bible studies. When she began taking classes at Wiregrass, Hailey was able to take core classes like American History, English Literature, Biology, as well as degree-specific courses in her chosen field: Culinary Arts.
Hailey started cooking and baking at a young age, so a career in this field fit perfectly with her interests. She learned about Wiregrass’ Culinary Arts program when he older sister began taking Dual Enrollment classes while in high school. “When I started taking college credit while in high school I signed up for Culinary Arts classes and learned quickly I wanted to earn my degree in this field.” Taking college classes while in high school helped her not only save time, but also save money. Because she took her classes as a dual enrollment student, they counted for both high school and college coursework. “For me by taking classes ahead in college, helped me to graduate high school a year early,” shared Hailey.
When asked if she would recommend Dual Enrollment to others she responded, “I can’t recommend it enough to other high school students, and a big thank you to the many people who helped me through the dual enrollment and college process. I’m so grateful to all the staff and instructors at Wiregrass for being so willing to work with me over the past few years.” Hailey graduated from high school May of 2020 and from Wiregrass in December 2020 with her Culinary Arts Degree and ServSafe certification, her Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Studies and technical certificates of Food Production Worker 1, Prep Cook, and Catering Specialist. She currently works at Holt’s Sweet Shop where she began as an intern and is now employed full-time.
Wiregrass is proud to announce the Fall 2020 graduates for technical certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees listed below from Coffee and Atkinson counties:
Atkinson: Mccijah Adair, Benjamin Browing, Raymond Cato, Andrew Davis, Jessica Fletcher, Tyneice Fullmore, Noah Gaona, Fredy Gonzalez, Xzadrian Holmes, Ally Mancil, Artis McRae, Mallory Meeks, Anthony Newsome, Bryoczvia Northcutt, and Dylan Spivey
Coffee: Michael Adams, Tom Alvarado, Randy Armour, Jordan Barton, John Batten, Evelyn Bouvia, Mackenzie Burch, Asia Campbell, Amber Carver, Gisel Castro, Devonta Charles, Lacey Chavez, Ethan Comer, Tyler Corsa, Katie Davis, Jabari English, Keyshawn Fields, Ryan Fields, Dameon Fillmore, Jenna Fulcher, Alexandria Gonzalez, Shedrick Grady, Donald Hall, Vanessa Harris, Emanuel Hernandez, Ansleigh Hill, John Hollaman, Angela Howell, Amanda Jarnagin, Mario Jones, Ezekiel Keanum, Hunter Kicklighter, Natairi Kirkland, Sarah Lawson, Kirk McDonald, Callie McKinion, Candice Merritt, Patricia Merritt, Princess Merritt, Zenan Merritt, Mark Mizell, Dieasha Mobley, Chase Moore, Anthony Moseley, Ben Musgrove, Ronda Nelson, Stephanie Olivo, Donald Parsons, Breanna Paulk, Lona Penson, Jesse Ragan, Zaria Reed, Savanna Reliford, Louis Rentz, Logan Rigdon, Gail Ring, Reontae’ Royals, Nagiya Sallet, Sarah Smith, Sasha Soto, Kaitlynn Spivey, Tymothy Spivey, Chase Strong, Michael Taft, Matthew Teston, Thad Thomas, Maria Thompson, Carolina Tilley, Dakota Veal, Brady Vornsand, Tasheena White, Cedric Williams, Ashya Williams-Powell, Chad Wilson, Hilary Wilson, Micheal Woods, and Nikerra Young