JCJC’s Alonso Hernandez keynotes High School Equivalency graduation

Written By: Teresa McCreery
Email Address: teresa.mccreery@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2018-07-13 20:21:41

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Adult Education program will be awarding 138 students with a High School Equivalency (HSE) credentials at a special commencement ceremony on Monday, July 23, at 7 p.m. in the M.P. Bush Fine Arts Auditorium. Guests of the 70 students who will be participating in the graduation ceremony will also discover who the top scoring individuals from each of JCJC’s eight county adult education centers. These students will be awarded JCJC scholarships for their accomplishments.  
The HSE graduation keynote speaker will feature JCJC, HSE and MIBEST, graduate, Alonso Hernandez of Ellisville. In 2015, Hernandez left Costa Rico to marry his missionary wife in her hometown of Ellisville. The then 22-year old, discovered finding a job and getting into college was very difficult without an American high school diploma. He earned his high school equivalency in his native country after dropping out of school when he was 15 to work in his dad’s print shop. 
Determined to see his dreams come true, he found the MIBEST program at JCJC. Within a year, he earned his High School Equivalency, 15 college credits, completed the employability skills program and obtained a Silver Level on the Career Readiness Certificate. His next steps included graduating from JCJC’s automotive and welding career and technical programs.
“We chose Alonso to be our keynote speaker because of his unique story, upbeat spirit and determination to succeed. He was successful in the Adult Education, MIBEST, and CTE programs. His positive outlook and determination has allowed him to overcome many barriers and we think he will inspire our graduates,” said Michael Yarbrough, JCJC Adult Education Director.
Hernandez is currently working at Goldman Customs, Inc. in Meridian and is one step closer to becoming an automotive shop owner. He attributes his success to the programs and the people at JCJC.  For more information about JCJC’s Adult Education programs call 601-477-3287 or 601-477-4153.


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