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ISSUE: College success stories
OUR VIEW: Value is obvious
Since its founding in 1964, Elizabethtown Community College and now Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, has provided access to higher education for thousands of people across its 12-county service area.
The ECTC campus and its mission have expanded over the years as has its impact and influence. Many of this area’s leaders can trace their path to success back to the community college.
Since 2006, ECTC has annually recognized a few of its most accomplished former students as Distinguished Alumni. That list now stands at 75 with the induction of eight more last week.
Allow us to briefly join in the recognition and congratulation offered the 2013 honorees: Debby Ann Hazelip Duda of Rineyville, Nicole Renee Ellis of Elizabethtown, Norma J. Greenwell Goss of Bardstown, Dennis Stephen Gray of Radcliff, Debra Kay McDowell Myers of Elizabethtown, George Michael Ritchie Jr. of Lexington, William Edward St. Pierre of Villa Hills and John Ward of Elizabethtown.
Each honoree’s photograph is on permanent display in ECTC’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni in the Regional Postsecondary Education Center as an inspiration for today’s students taking the first step of their path to a better life through higher education.
As another sign of ECTC’s influence today, praise is directed toward two recent ECTC graduates recognized for their talents.
Jeremy Dones of Bardstown won a gold medal in diesel equipment technology and Jacob Noel of Campbellsville received a silver medal in industrial motor controls in the SkillsUSA competition, which tests students’ knowledge of their chosen technical field.
It just goes to show great work is being accomplished daily by motivated students exposed to excellent instruction at the local community college. It provides a value-priced education for students and a recurring value for the region.