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The Cherokee County School District is celebrating 36 graduating seniors who plan to persue careers in skilled professions.

Be Pro Be Proud Georgia and the Cherokee Workforce Collaborative, an initative of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development that includes CCSD, local businesses and industries and colleges, recently presented the annual Skilled Professions Signing Day event. 

During the event, graduating CCSD seniors with plans for skilled professions carrers signed those plans with employers or colleges. Family, friends, teachers, and community leaders were in attendance to celebrate the occasion. 

“Congratulations to each of these students on making the choice to build a better future for our community through skilled professions,” Superintendent Brian Hightower said. “We’re proud of these students and grateful for our Career Pathways educators who have prepared them for this next step. Thank you to Be Pro Be Proud Georgia and the Cherokee Workforce Collaborative for your partnership and support of our students.”

The school district offers a wide catalog of Career Pathway programs at every high school. Career Pathway programs offer CCSD students opportunities to not only master specific job skills as well as soft skills helpful to all careers, but also to earn industry certifications.

Skilled professions graduation seniors are:

Cherokee High School

Henry Alcon — construction, Alcon Remodeling; Jacob Anderson — welding, Acworth Trading School; Blake Byess — welding, Georgia Trade School; Christian Cagle — welding, Northwest Mississippi Community College; Lucas Juan Cristobal — welding, Georgia Trade School; Kahseim Fisher — audio and video technology and film; Carter Goodrow — welding, Raydeo; Braden Iovino — welding; Keaton Kimball — welding; Ethan Mann — welding; Kyarah Maxey — nursing, Reinhardt University; Joseph O’Kon — welding, Chattahoochee Technical College; Michael Pugachow — welding; Edi Ramirez — construction, Heavy Equipment College; Ismael Carrillo Raymundo — welding; Bryan Sanchez — welding, Tulsa Welding School; and Skyler Woodward — welding, Chattahoochee Technical College

Creekview High School

Kevin Abarca — machinery and line press, Universal Alloy Corporation; Norman Alexander Ball — welding, Georgia Trade School; Connor Billish — electrician, International Electrotechnical Commission; Noah Brooks — welding, Chattahoochee Technical College and Mr. Clean Drain Plumbing Co.; Hayden Eberhardt-Salinas, welding, Universal Alloy Corporation; Cesar Garcia — electrician, H and H Electrical; Brody Jones — plumbing, Chattahoochee Technical College; Gabriel Peterman — welding; Emma Sailors — cosmetology, Gwinnett Technical College; Jarrett McArthur — Diesel tech training (advanced manufacturing), Chattahoochee Technical College; and Milon Lee McCleskey — welding, Chattahoochee Technical College.

Etowah High School

Amy Carol Castro — healthcare, Chattahoochee Technical College; Alondra Porcayo — healthcare, Chattahoochee Technical College; and Sarah Vanvoorhis — healthcare, Chattahoochee Technical College.

River Ridge High School

Ethan Barrentine — welding, Chattahoochee Technical College and Billy Culberg — wrecker driver and recovery specialist, Ryder Towing and Transport.

Sequoyah High School

Will Scott — electrical line worker, North Georgia Technical College.

Woodstock High School

Kristian Colina — HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration), Chattahoochee Technical College and Laila Hutchinson — healthcare, Chattahoochee Technical College.

Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News