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Non-Traditional Students Earn a Place Among Technical Honor Society Peers

Warner Robins, Ga. – Reaching the 3.5 or higher summit of grade point average as required to be inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) this week, is certainly a feat of personal fortitude for anyone enrolled at Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC), but for a couple of non-traditional students, climbing the mountain had to wait. 

“I came back to school to actually learn this time instead of just being there,” said Cassandra Patterson, a first-year student in the Pharmacy Tech program, who testified that hard work really does pay off, and patience too. Patterson last went to school ten years ago. 
“I was going to try this time and work harder, then when I did it, I found out I could apply for the honor society and was accepted. I feel I have accomplished something that I didn’t really believe was possible.”
Valarie Griffin, who will graduate in May with a Clinical Laboratory Technology degree, saw reaching this academic height as a possibility, but like Patterson, she just didn’t know when it would come. 
“I decided to go back to college when both of my children went back,” Patterson said. “I had more time for myself and I finally figured out what career I was interested in, and a co-worker told me CGTC had the program I wanted.”
Griffin eased her way into becoming an honor student, taking night classes and online classes, building up endurance for a full-time load, all in the hopes of wrapping an honor stole around her gown at graduation.
Somewhere in the middle of all that she entered into the program and committed then to her family and in particular her mother, that she would finish at a high level. It marked the beginning of a personal story, and well, the rest of the story, as she put it is, history. 
“My mother passed away last October and I told myself I had to stay on course for a 4.0 and be in this honor society,” Griffin said. “And I did it.”
Both Griffin and Patterson walked on the stage, finishing the climb on a measly three steps to the platform. Together with 28 of their peers the College recognized their excellence in academia. 
This is the first ceremony program chair and instructor for Health Sciences Core, Dr. Morris Clarington, has acted as sole advisor. He said he feels the induction into NTHS is worthy of its own moment.  
“Students should be proud of their accomplishments, because not everyone who applied to become a member was accepted,” Clarington said. “These students have the highest GPA’s amongst their peers. They should be applauded for their efforts and accomplishments.”
For more information on CGTC’s chapter of the National Technical Honor Society, contact Dr. Morris Clarington at or (478) 218-3337
About the National Technical Honor Society
The National Technical Honor Society currently serves approximately 100,000 active members and nearly a million since its inception in 1984. Over $250,000 in scholarships is awarded annually to its members. NTHS honors the achievements of top CTE students, provides scholarships to encourage the pursuit of higher education, and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce. For over 30 years, NTHS has been the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education. 
Top: Valarie Griffin receives congratulations from, ad visor, Dr. Morris Clarington during the National Technical Honor Society Induction Ceremony on Monday, April, 17, 2017. Bottom: Cassandra Patterson recites the induction oath among her peers.  

Submitted by JoBen Rivera-Thompson
April 20, 2017


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