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.”