PTC Clearwater campus director, Jakub Prokop, said that some 180 students representing 90% of the programs participated in the ceremony. “Tonight’s graduation was fantastic,” said Prokop. He and assistant PTC director Radiah Dent-Palmer, Ph.D., said that they were extremely proud of this year’s graduates and their accomplishments.
Karole Gotte, PTC’s Accounting Operations instructor introduced her former student, Tabatha Jennings, and described her as “superwoman.” Gotte asked the crowd, “How do you describe a young lady that completed the Accounting Operations program on time with an A, while working full-time time raising a son and pregnant with another child?”
Jennings, told fellow graduates that she credits Pinellas Technical College for giving her the tools to succeed. “This college has significantly increased my self-worth, self-esteem and helped mold me into the person that I have become.”
Dent-Palmer introduced the evening’s commencement speaker and former PTC student by noting that, Brittany Tremblay, who currently works as an office manager for Dunedin Pediatrics, “has been recognized by Morton Plant Hospital for her intense work ethic and volunteer service. “
Tremblay described how attending Pinellas Technical College’s Medical Administration Specialist program gave her the confidence to use her skills to land a successful position at Dunedin Pediatrics. “I learned how to grow, challenge myself and face my fears,” said Tremblay who encouraged the crowd to never give up.
School Board Members Ken Peluso and Carol Cook also applauded the PTC graduates for overcoming adversity and working hard to improve their lives through education.
Superintendent Michael Grego, Ed.D., gave special thanks to supportive family members and PTC instructors for helping graduates through their educational journey. He encouraged the graduates to use their knowledge to make a difference. “You have that grit that makes this country great. But more importantly, you have grit to make this community even better. Your skill set and what you are taking out into the workforce is going to help this community, ”said Grego.