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Lycoming Career and Technology Center graduates celebrate as ‘most talked about group in history’

CARA MORNINGSTAR/Sun-Gazette Samuel Eck, 2018 graduate of Muncy School District, shakes hands with Harry Kline, automotive technology instructor, during the Lycoming Career and Technology Center 2018 Senior Graduation Ceremony at Hughesville High School on Wednesday.

HUGHESVILLE — With a graduating class of about 92, the Lycoming Career and Technology Center students gathered to celebrate graduation during the Senior Ceremony held at Hughesville High School on Wednesday.

The Lycoming Career and Technology Center has students from Loyalsock Township, Muncy, Montoursville Area, East Lycoming and Warrior Run school districts with instruction in computer service technology, construction technology, drafting and design technology, criminal justice, culinary arts, early childhood education and health careers.

“Welcome parents, students, teachers and honored guests. We are gathered here tonight to celebrate the achievements of a remarkable group of young men and women,” said Eric W. Butler, executive director. “The students who are willing to take charge of their futures and select opportunities at Lyco CTC.”

He said this group of students is the most talked about group in history.

“It’s true. As their parents know, as your grandparents know, as your teachers know … You are a group called the Millennial Babies. I can’t believe you’re finally here,” he said. “That’s amazing. Everyone talked about you.”

He said everyone wondered what the world would be like for them.

“We are part of the past … We’re all part of an age gone by,” he said. “The page of history has turned, and this is your time.”

He said they have been given the tools to shape their futures and decide the new direction of the millennium.

“It’s yours … That’s so cool. You guys are the first to have that,” he said. “I, for one, am excited to see what you guys will do with your futures. Good luck.”

Dakota Wright, a 2018 graduate from East Lycoming School District in the automotive technology department, was awarded the Student of the Year.

Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, president of Pennsylvania College of Technology, was the keynote speaker.

“In 1972, when I graduated from high school, there were two choices for young women. One, you could be a nurse. Two, you could be a teacher. Or … three, you could figure out something else,” she said.

She said she opted to figure out something else, and so she decided to study dental hygiene.

“I made up my mind that I would like to aspire to teach dental hygiene,” she said. “So, I signed myself up for the two year degree thinking that if I liked it, I’d stick around and get the four-year degree.”

She said she never would have wagered a dime in 1972 that someday she would be standing before people as a president of a college.

“You are on the steps of a new chapter of your lives, but your steps are special because you’ve chosen to be prepared, tested and experienced. In the media today … there are people who call the jobs and careers that you’ve chosen, ‘gold collar jobs,’ “ she said. “I believe that with all of my heart.”

She said she also believes these jobs are “recession proof.”

“Because none of us want to go without food, none of us want our climate controls not to work and we all want to have a roof over our head. I could go on and on and on,” she said. “I think it’s pretty cool that we have gold collar jobs.”

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