Allison Glass/News The Knox County Career Center hosted a Senior Certification Ceremony for its senior Building Trades and Metal Fabrication students on March 23. The attending seniors, pictured above, have recently completed their professional certifications. Building Trades seniors Brice Berger, Lucas Brown, Anthony Cella, Johnathan Critchfield, Charles Crowner, Garrett Crowner, Joshua Davis, Danniel Forbes, Evan Grogg, Gabriel Hamilton, Joshua Hicks, Jesse Pence, Kyle Rutan, Daniel Schoppelrei, Brandon Simmons, Laine Smith, Noah Smith, Scott Thompson, Seth Tucker, Tristen Wells and Trevin White, Not pictured: Blake Bateman, Zachary Bragg and Trent Martin. Metal Fabrication and Welding Seniors: Kari Bartley, Austin Clippinger, Adam Green, Hunter Lanigan, Hayden Petersen, Marcus Phillis, Colton Shaw, Lynn Stutz, Thomas Swihart, Cobe Tanner and Brandon White. Not Pictured: Hunter Amyx, Joseph Grogg, Nicholas Hartz, Cody McDonald, Kyle McElroy, Anthony Miray, Tristin Repp, Jordan Smith and Jessie Wellington.


MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Career Center hosted a certification ceremony Friday afternoon, in honor of their building trades and metal fabrication graduating seniors who have passed all of their professional certification exams.

Colby Clippinger, a building trades instructor, opened the program with a story about a visiting instructor from Tri-Rivers Career Center who asked Clippinger why he didn’t have his students build a house, like most other building programs. Clippinger responded, “With a project like that, the house becomes the product. You would go in and do the work and finish with a house. Here, it’s not about the amount of work or projects accomplished, the students are the product.”

Students come to KCCC to start their careers, Clippinger continued. “Employers demand the best and students expect the best from KCCC.”

The collaboration between the building trades program and the metal fabrication was highlighted several times during the ceremony. During his speech, metal fabrication instructor Brian Brosues said, “I can’t say how much I’ve enjoyed working with these students and Colby. We work very closely together, we literally flip classes.”


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