SYLVA – Six graduating students in Southwestern Community College’s human services technology program were honored recently with a pinning ceremony at the Jackson Campus.
The graduates were presented with pins by their instructors, and each received a stone as a reminder of how program coordinator Sarah Altman emphasizes stepping stones to exemplify personal growth.
The honorees were Lynn Wade Bargeron of Cherokee, Laurel Brown of Scaly Mountain, Jessica Hall of Sylva, Katie McGugan of Bryson City, Ginger Smith of Balsam and Theresa Strickland of Warne.
“I could not be more proud of this group,” Altman said. “Every one of them has gone above and beyond the requirements of this program, and I have no doubt they will all make great contributions to our communities in their future endeavors.”
The human services technology program prepares students for entry level positions with agencies that provide social, community and educational services.
Graduates can go on to pursue bachelor’s degrees in the field and ultimately work as counselors and therapists.
“This is a special group of graduates,” said Lori Clancy, the program’s clinical coordinator. “Each one has a gift to give our community as they continue to travel their path in helping others. I am so proud of each one as they have overcome so many obstacles to achieve their goals. I know they will change our world for the better!”
SCC’s program also has a concentration in substance abuse treatment, which prepares students to assist in addiction counseling. The substance abuse treatment degree prepares students to become Credentialed Substance Abuse Counselor – Interns with the N.C. Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board.
Info: www.southwesterncc.edu/health-sciences/human-services-technology or (828) 339-4000