Second Job Corps class graduates in Friday ceremoniesOct 4, 2016 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer
More than 40 students received their diplomas Friday at the Wind River Job Corps Center as they walked the stage in front of their peers, family, friends and staff members.
Central Wyoming College president Brad Tyndall was the keynote speake,r while deputy director Marty Kenison conducted the tassel ceremony, and student government president Seth Chambers led the flower ceremony.
Job corps students Ariel Wakeham sang "Imagine," and Reginald Lowman and Jacob Small sang a traditional American Indian song.
Students DeAndre Grazier, Raelynn Points, Kenny Haynes, Annie Orednick, Nathaniel Ricketts and Ansonia Bell were selected to address the crowd.
They all expressed feelings of how it felt when they first started at the job corps. Some described it as feeling "terrified and wanting to leave," but they soon realized that their decisions were worthwhile and they were on their way to a new stage in their lives.
Each gave advice to current students on how to overcome their fears and "avoid the drama" they might encounter. Now at the point of graduation, Bell said it felt amazing to be done with classes and go from hard personal situations to now having completed her degree.
All graduates were congratulated by center director Julie Gassner, trades manager John Kemp, academic manager Martha Wenning and Kenison.
Degrees awarded were in carpentry, heavy truck driving, heavy equipment operator, heavy equipment mechanic, office administration, petroleum technician, accounting and welding.