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23 graduate from PHCC’s Middle College


PHOTO: Patrick Henry Community College

MARTINSVILLE – On Friday evening, 23 young men and women celebrated a milestone at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC). After months of preparation in PHCC’s Middle College program, all 23 students passed their GED examination. Friday night, the college celebrated theses students’ accomplishments with a graduation ceremony. The commencement speakers included former Middle College graduates, Nic and Tre Wooten; Mike Coulson, who is the father of four former Middle College graduates; and Nathan Martin, one of this year’s graduates. All of the speakers, in their own ways, emphasized how perseverance and determination were key for the graduates to reach this milestone and would be key for their future success. Middle College assists 18 to 26-year-old students who have not completed high school with obtaining their GED and with academic and career readiness training. Historically, the majority of the students who graduate from Middle College enroll in college courses within the year. This year is no exception with 19 of the 23 graduates already enrolled to take fall classes at PHCC. Many Middle College students also earn the National Career Readiness Certificate which provides proof to future employers that they possess essential workplace skills such as applied math, reading, and information processing. This year, two-thirds of the NCRC completers earned silver or better.

The following students received their GED from PHCC’s Middle College program:

  • Crystin Bolen of Martinsville

  • Kayla Carroll of Fieldale

  • Bernardo Chavez of Ridgeway

  • Lauren Clark of Ridgeway

  • Caleb Clinard of Martinsville

  • William Grady of Ridgeway

  • Caleb Hamm of Meadows of Dan

  • William Harold of Bassett

  • Nathanial Hines of Ridgeway

  • Nathan Martin of Bassett

  • Magali Miguel of Bassett

  • Caleb Miller of Fieldale

  • Jessica Miller of Bassett

  • Skylar Neugent of Collinsville

  • Ezra Park of Martinsville

  • Soloman Park of Martinsville

  • Zachary Porter

  • Thomas Robinson of Martinsville

  • Zachary Shelton of Ridgeway

  • Travis Strader of Ridgeway

  • Nicholas Wolfe of Stanley Town

  • Lamenia Wooten of Martinsville

  • Heather Young of Martinsville

Those interested in the Middle College program should contact Samantha Pruitt at 276-656-5468 or spruitt@patrickhenry.edu for more information.

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