Area Students Graduate from Butler Community College’s Early College Academy
80 Area High School Students Receive Associate Degree, High School Diploma Within the Same Week
Butler Community College’s Early College Academy held its annual graduation ceremony on May 6, 2018. Eighty students from area high schools completed their associate degree from the academy and will graduate in the next few weeks with their high school diploma. Students who attend the Academy came from Andover schools, Augusta, Bluestem, Circle, Derby, Douglass, El Dorado, Mulvane and Rose Hill schools.
Butler’s president Kim Krull, Ph.D., told the Academy students how proud she and Butler were of their accomplishments.
“This graduating class has amassed $1,444,685 in scholarship offers,” Krull told the crowd. “You are an amazing group of students who are working really hard on a rigorous path.”
Jayden Austin of Augusta High School said the program put her ahead in finances and ability.
“It was cheaper for my parents,” Austin said. “It also gave me more opportunities for friends and activities.”
Austin will attend the University of Kansas next year and major in human biology. Kennedy Henry of Andover plans to attend Wichita State University next fall. She hopes to be a physician’s assistant.
“This program brought me closer to so many people that have the same interests as me,” Henry said. “It showed me what I want to do in the future.”
For Payton Sadowski of El Dorado the academy was monumental. Sadowski will attend Fort Hays State University in the fall and major in financial planning.
“It helped me gain both study habits and life skills,” Sadowski said.
Emma Springer of Mulvane, after job shadowing a heart surgeon, realized that the operating table was not for her. Instead, she did some research and decided to pursue dentistry, after she completes her biology degree from Newman University.
Keegen Leth-Nissen of Benton decided to stay in the Greater Butler County Area after high school because of the job he obtained through the Academy. While in school, he worked as an AutoCAD drafter. This was a job he got through his Butler professor.
“The Academy opened up my eyes,” Leth-Nissen said. “It gave me so many opportunities and helped make me a better student and a better person.”
Leth-Nissen will attend Wichita State University this fall. He was one of several students who received a PLUS award, recognizing them for their Positive Attitude, Leadership, Unity and Spirit. Other students who received this award were Madison Mabie (Douglass), Brooklyn Flower (Augusta), Abigail Yamamoto (Andover) and Jillian Harper (Douglass).
Several students received honors. Many, like Corbyn Jones of Rose Hill, received internships. The current academies include: Business & Entrepreneurship, Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, Cyber Security, Education, Fire Science and 3D. This fall, Butler will offer an Aviation, Humanities and an Automotive Technology academy.
“You are ready to take on the world,” Lori Winningham, Vice President of Academics, told the graduates. “Wherever you go you have a good foundation to stand on.”
Butler Community College’s Early College Academies were selected as the National Exemplar Career Preparedness Award recipient for Postsecondary Institutions for the 2016-2017 ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign.
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*Order of the Gold (4.0 GPA)
-Order of the Purple (3.75 GPA)
Cutline: Corbyn Jones of Rose Hill speaks at graduation