Cameron Knight will graduate this month from Skyline High School, as well as from Northeast Alabama Community College through the college’s dual enrollment program on a technical scholarship. He will go straight into the workforce as a traveling welder.
The dual enrollment program allows high school students to begin their college courses while still in high school. The program allows students to receive both high school and college credit for a college course taught at the high school, online, or on NACC campus during the fall, spring, or summer terms.
“We are proud of our dual enrollment students who seize the opportunity to get ahead on college and their careers,” said NACC President Dr. David Campbell. “This program has grown tremendously over the years with our area schools and we recognize the benefits of its growth.”
Knight began taking dual enrollment classes at the beginning of his sophomore year in high school and has earned 70 credit hours by taking dual enrollment classes with NACC. Knight is one of the first students to obtain this exceptional achievement in Jackson County. He became interested in welding at an open house hosted by the Ernest Pruett Center of Technology.
“Cameron Knight’s results are a great example of what hard work and determination will get you. Cameron set his goals early and worked diligently to fulfill them,” said David Adkins, counselor at Skyline High School.
Knight said he received a lot of support from his instructors, Marty Bishop and Eric Ott. David Adkins and Staci Miller, NACC Dual Enrollment Advisor, have served as Knight’s mentors in completing his degree. Knight also said his family has been a support system for him.
He has maintained a motivated and determined state of mind throughout his experience.
“I made this a goal for myself because I wanted to start working as soon as possible,” Knight said. “I found out I could enter the workforce straight out of high school, so I dedicated myself to finishing my degree. I’ve made many connections and learned what I needed to know about the welding field and the program also helped me improve in my academic courses. My high school grades even improved.”
Knight is already working at the Scottsboro Water, Sewer and Gas Board. He welds for the gas side of the board. After receiving both of his degrees, he will be fulfilling his dream job of being a traveling welder. Knight said he became inspired in this path after listening to the experiences of his instructors when they were traveling welders.
“Cameron Knight is a great example of a focused student who has taken advantage of the opportunities that are available to all Jackson County students. His dedication and hard work has paid off and he is workforce ready,” said Kerry Wright, CTE Director at Earnest Pruett Center of Technology.
Knight is OSHA-10 certified, has a certification in pipe welding, and scored silver in the WorkKeys exam. He was on the NACC’s President’s List and was also involved with his high school FFA club.
“This route is well worth it,” said Knight. “I’m debt-free and I’m ready for what the future holds. I feel that if I wouldn’t have gone through college now, I may have never reached this goal. I am independent and I try not to rely on anybody else. Now I am assured that I will be able to sustain myself with this career.”
For more information about dual enrollment at NACC, contact Staci Miller, dual enrollment advisor, at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2225, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Article and photo submitted by Edy Aguilar.