Graduation is one of my favorite times of the year because our students are so diverse and interesting. We have graduates who are only two years out of high school graduating alongside former coal miners and others who’ve trained for a second career. We have those who are going straight to work graduating with others who want to continue their education with one of our four-year partners. We have students who grew up in rural and urban areas graduating with people who grew up in other countries. And, we have people who are still in high school graduating with people who remember Woodstock.
This diverse population helps our students gain excellent life skills that prepare them to work with all types of people. This is very important in today’s world of work. Employers are struggling to find people who communicate well, know the importance of showing up on time and have a strong work ethic. Many of our students had to overcome substantial barriers to reach their goal of becoming a college graduate and it has made them tenacious and goal oriented. Our graduates are some of the most humble and appreciative people I’ve ever met. Any employer would be fortunate to have them on their team.
The 16 colleges of KCTCS are special places full of extraordinary people, both students and those whose job it is to teach and guide them. Congratulations to all of our graduates and the many people in their lives who’ve helped them achieve this dream. I wish continued success to all of our grads and the employers who hire them!