Last Saturday, December 4, WATC had a Winter Celebration at its new National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) campus. The ceremony honored graduates from programs offered at NCAT and Grove campuses. There were approximately 100 graduates at the close of the Fall 2010 semester including 30 from the Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program. Nineteen graduates, along with their families and friends, attended the Winter Celebration to pay tribute to their accomplishments with a ceremony and refreshments, followed by a tour of the facility.
Kent Irick, Director of Aviation Technologies opened the program in the NCAT Student Center Auditorium by welcoming the students and guests, and thanked them for their hard work and sacrifices. He highlighted the fact that the graduates in attendance were all from the AMT program and were the first graduating class of the NCAT campus. Ray Frederick, Interim President then imparted four areas of advice to the graduating students; be bold, be committed, be confident, and be faithful. He was followed by closing remarks from Terry Smith, Director of Manufacturing/Design Technology/Automotive, before all in attendance were provided with refreshments and a tour.
“Students and families toured the facility and this was a very proud moment for both the graduates and the WATC faculty,” shared Kent.