(Bradenton, FL—December 11, 2015) Friends and relatives gathered at Manatee Technical College on Friday evening for a first quarter graduation ceremony in Wagner Auditorium. The technical college graduated 65 students who completed one of the Main Campus career certificate programs between July 1 and November 10, 2015. This was the first of smaller graduation ceremonies scheduled throughout the year.
Some drove from Parrish; others from North Port. Bharat and Harsha Thakkar travelled from India to see their daughter, Suchi Thakkar, graduate from the college. She was one of the graduation speakers. The other student speaker was Kenneth R. Green II.
“I am the only one in my family to graduate from college in the United States,” said Thakkar, who came to this country several years ago with a Bachelor’s degree she had earned in India, but which was not recognized in the U.S. Upon completion of the Medical Coder Biller program at Manatee Technical College, she passed the nationally recognized Certified Professional Coder exam on the first try. “I felt very blessed when I was hired straight from college, before I actually completed my program.” She was hired by Vengroff Williams, a healthcare billing company in Manatee County.
“MTC taught me how to believe in myself and follow through with everything I do,” said Green. He found out his wife was pregnant one month after he started the Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing program. Despite being the father of a newborn, he was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society while a student. Green was hired by Caliber Collision in Sarasota prior to graduation.
The second semester begins January 25, 2016. For more information and a complete list of programs, visit the school’s website at http://ManateeTech.edu/.