More than 100 students from our professional certificate programs graduated on Dec. 13 in a ceremony where friends and family were present to share in their success. We host graduation in June and December of each year, honoring adult learners who’ve completed programs ranging from 4 weeks to 14 months long. Our offerings include Medical Assisting, Human Resources, Payroll and Project Management.
Interim Dean Tim Blumentritt, Ph.D., addressed the graduates about the magnitude of what they’ve accomplished, noting how they are the future of education and professional certificates are part of the rigorous academic institution at KSU.
“The world is changing too fast for one educational experience to last a lifetime,” he said. “The No. 1 value of what you’ve learned is how it affects other people. Turn it into something meaningful for yourself and others.”
He encouraged the newly minted professional-certificate holders to spread the wealth of knowledge they gained. He said, “Be confident that the education you received trained you very well. It will open doors for you. Be confident enough to walk through them.”
Phlebotomy graduate Bineta Ndoye said the program prepared her for the real world. She added KSU is a great school and affordable.
“The teachers are professional and helpful to make sure you pass the class,” she said. “Their hands-on training is very good.”
Paralegal graduate Marissa Wood said she wanted to learn more about the profession and KSU was the place for her. She also secured a job at a local law firm.
“I’ve learned so much through the instructors and enjoyed having an extensive study of various types of law,” she said. “I hope to continue to use the skills I’ve learned in my new position.”
In addition to their new credentials, our December graduates were also introduced to Handshake, an all-in-one career management system. It includes a job board, resource library and communication system.
Handshake is open to all CCPE graduates, regardless of when they completed professional certificate programs. Andrea Cochran, director of programs, told students, “Your journey with CCPE doesn’t end tonight – we want to see you all the way to the finish line!”