SCHRIEVER – Fletcher Technical Community College announced that Micheal Jones, a WorkReadyU student, was chosen as the Student of the Year by Louisiana Association for Public, Community and Adult Education.

Jones was nominated by Fletcher’s adult-education program faculty and staff. He will receive $100, free registration to attend the upcoming LAPCAE conference, and will be honored during the awards luncheon Aug. 7 at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge.

As a WorkReady-U student, Micheal received a 5 for 6 scholarship and was concurrently enrolled in the electrical program while earning his high school equivalency diploma. He has successfully passed the reading, language and science parts of the diploma testing. In the electrical program, he has received certifications from the National Center for Construction Education and Research in core curriculum, construction site safety one and introductory craft skills.

Jones is expected to complete his high school equivalency diploma before the end of 2018 and is expected to complete his electrician program by spring 2020.

In describing himself and his hopes for the future, he stated, “My goal in life is to make a 360 degree turnaround in my life for the better so that I can help others achieve goals in life. Staying focused on education and my electrical trade is the key for my success. I plan on reaching other goals in life after this, such as enrolling in the HVAC and CDL (truck driving) school.”

For more information about Fletcher’s Adult Education Program, contact Gina Naquin at 448-5925 or gina.naquin@fletcher.edu.

WorkReady-U provides services for individuals seeking to obtain their high school equivalency diplomas and transition to various college and career pathways.

The 5 for 6 Scholarship covers tuition and fee charges for six credit hours of qualified coursework at community colleges in Louisiana. The scholarship serves students currently enrolled in adult basic education programs or WorkReady-U. Students are eligible if they do not have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma and must be willing to be concurrently enrolled in a WorkReady-U and technical program.

The Louisiana Community and Technical College System started the statewide scholarship to build the bridge between completing an adult education program and completing the first six credit hours of community college. The scholarship helps students obtain high school credentials, credit-bearing postsecondary coursework and eventually college degrees.