Metro Action Students Celebrate Graduation and New Careers on Friday
Lisa McCrady, (615) 862-8860, Ext 70144 Cell (615) 566-4710
Top Graduate Accepted into Dental School and Salutatorian began new career as translator
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Metropolitan Action Commission (MAC) will host the 27th annual Graduation Celebration on Friday, June 16 at the Baptist World Center, 1700 Baptist World Center Drive beginning at 10am.
Antonio James came to Metro Action because he lost his job and needed help. While there he decided to enroll in the agency’s GED program. On Friday, James will address the 2017 graduating class as is valedictorian and begin dental school next week.
Salutatorian, Venant Sindayigaya, who fluently speaks six languages, moved to Nashville last year. Sindayigaya worked as a dishwasher while attending class at the agency’s GED program. He is now employed with the Avaza Language Services Company as a translator in the call center.
In addition to celebrating the high school equivalency graduates, MAC will also celebrate students from program second cohort of workforce development participants that earned nationally recognized credentials in Information Technology and child care.
“Breaking the cycle of poverty begins with eliminating barriers that prohibit individuals from being able to provide for their families. Often times not having a high school diploma or specialized trainings have kept families from increasing their earning potential,” said Dr. Cynthia Croom, Metro Action Executive Director.
The A+ Certification is a professional Information Technology credential offered through the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). It is recognized nationally as credential necessary for entry-level IT positions. The Child Development Associates (CDA), is an entry level credential that enables the holder to apply for teaching positions within the child care industry.
Metro Action has employed 10 CDA graduates as assistant teachers in its Head Start and Early Head Start program. The current cohort is completing their work experience placements within the program. The CompTIA graduates are assisted with full-time employment placements.
Metro Action provides workforce development and education services to individuals living in Davidson County that are enrolled in the Adult education program and to parents with children enrolled in the Head Start/Early Head Start program.
The agency receives funding from the Tennessee Department of Human Services to administer the Adult Education and Certification Programs.
Note: This is a formal graduation celebration. Students and faculty will be robed in traditional graduation attire