A total of 106 students were recognized by Tooele Technical College with certificates of competency during its 2017 fall graduation ceremony held on Thursday.
“This is the largest graduating class in the history of the school,” according to Scott Snelson, Tooele Technology College president.
Many programs at Tooele Tech are open entry and competency-based, which means students can start a program at anytime and work at their own pace, finishing when they have mastered the competencies required for their program. Because of the open entry and competency based programs, Tooele Tech has students graduating year round, Snelson said.
The college holds two graduation ceremonies each year, one in May and one in November.
During the May 2017 graduation ceremony, Tooele Tech presented 87 certificates of competency to students.
The November 2017 graduation featured student speakers LeeAnn Freestone and Marni Schaub. Aaron Peterson, Peterson Industrial Depot vice president and a member of the Tooele Technical College Board of Directors, was the keynote speaker.
Freestone, a former school teacher with a master’s degree, received certificates for phlebotomy technician and medical office laboratory technician, according to Snelson.
Grit and resiliency were Freestone’s theme for her comments.
“You have shown you can meet your multiple challenges and obstacles with true grit and resilience,” Freestone said. “You had success in school and will have success in life.”
Schaub had previously worked in banking as well as an aide in schools. She went back to school to update her education and become more marketable, according to Snelson. Schaub received an office manager certificate.
“Different life circumstances brought us here,” Schaub said. “But we have one thing in common — we want to improve ourselves and learn and grow.”
Schaub talked about the importance of persistence.
“We have all been given obstacles,” she said. “But we’ve learned to shake it off and step up.”
Peterson talked about three things that determine an individual’s future.
“Failure is the next opportunity to succeed,” Peterson said. “It is passion, purpose and attitude that shapes us.”
Certificates awarded at the graduation ceremony included certified nursing assistant, phlebotomy technician, medical office laboratory technician, clinical medical assistant, medical billing and coding, accounting clerk, office manager, executive assistant, receptionist and office clerk.
Additional certificates awarded included computer upgrade and repair technician, networking technician, network administrator, network engineering, industrial maintenance technician, welding technician I, welding technician III, cosmetology/barbering, nail technician, nail technician instructor, commercial driver’s license and heavy duty diesel technician.