Mercer Technical Education Center Held Completer Ceremony

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PRINCETON, WV, May 17, 2018: During a ceremony this morning, officials from the Mercer County Technical Education Center recognized over six hundred and fifty (650) students who had earned the status of Completer during the 2017-2018 school year. Students from all four high schools received the status of Completer in Accounting, Administrative & Management Support, JROTC, Automotive Technology, Agribusiness, Plant Systems, Carpentry, Collision Repair Technology, Computer Systems Repair Technology, Aesthetics, Nail Technology, Drafting, Energy, Power & Engineered Systems AC, Pre-Engineering/PLTW, Graphic Design, Machine Tool Technology, Masonry, Therapeutic Services, Welding, Careers in Education/Tomorrow’s Teachers, Dental Assisting, Marketing Management, Project STRIVE, LIFE Wellness, and Electrical Technician.

Ms. Rosemary Mitchell, Director of the Mercer County Technical Education Center, welcomed students, parents and guests. She said she believed the students had acquired skills they could use throughout their lifetime. These skills will help them to maintain a safe work environment. She also informed those in attendance that MCTEC is very proud of their ongoing student project of building a bridge to connect the campus of PSHS to Hunnicutt Stadium. Excitement from the audience filled the Chuck Mathena Center when she informed guest that a new program, Criminal Justice, will begin in the Fall of 2018.

Following Mitchell’s welcome, JROTC Color Guard held a Presentation of Colors. Ms. Marisha Poore, WV Skills USA State Treasurer, explained the criteria for becoming a Completer, which requires students to successfully complete four (4) required courses in a Completer discipline and successfully pass the Completer test. Next, Ms. Courtney Gracon, Career Connections Facilitator, awarded the traveling College Cup to PikeView High School. The College Cup, now in its third year, is awarded annually to the High School with the top score based on the percentage of seniors completing the FAFSA, the school attendance rates, the number of students awarded the PROMISE Scholarship, and the percentage of students who earn Completer status.

Featured guest speaker was Dr. Kathy D’Antoni - West Virginia Associate State Superintendent of Schools. She said, These are phenomenal young people who are prepared to enter our workforce. As a result, West Virginia’s future is very bright. We are all very proud of our Completers.

After awarding cords, Mitchell offered closing remarks.

Dr. Deborah Akers, Superintendent, is extremely proud of our Mercer County Completers.

Today’s program was open to parents, community members, and the press.