Students honored for completing JAC3 Early/Middle College program
August 12, 2019
Jackson, Mich. – Four Jackson County students will be leaving high school with more than just a diploma this year.
Reegan Giddis from Northwest, Andrew Samon from Michigan Center, and Alex Stovall and Weston Lowry from Hanover-Horton were honored last week for completing the JAC3 Early/Middle College program. Seven students started the program three years ago – and those four were the only ones to finish.
“These four young men had the determination and perseverance to overcome a lot of new challenges while understanding the short-term risk was well worth the long-term reward”, said Dan Draper, Assistant Principal of the Jackson Area Career Center.
The JAC3 Early/Middle College is offered to high school juniors who sign up to take Engineering, Precision Machining or Welding at the Jackson Area Career Center. Students who enroll take college classes and participate in an apprenticeship with a Jackson area employer, at no extra cost to the student or their families. Students who complete the program also have the opportunity for full-time employment upon graduation.
In addition to earning their high school diploma, Giddis, Samon and Lowry earned an associate’s degree in Advanced Manufacturing. Stovall received his associate’s degree in Information Technology. He encourages other students to seriously consider the program, saying it was a life experience. “There’s nothing you’re going to take from it that’s negative”, said Alex Stovall. “So even if you don’t use the skill you’re using in the job, it’s going to make you a better person – and that will allow you to do great things in the future.”
For more information about the JAC3 program, visit this website: https://www.jcisd.org/domain/225
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