High Schooler Earns College Certificate

High Schooler Earns College Certificate

Walker Gordon, a junior at the Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Early College High SchoolCommunity Colleges have something for everyone and that’s exactly what Walker Gordon, a junior at the Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Early College High School on the campus of Carteret Community College discovered.

Walker and his brother have a 14-foot McKee Craft and often find themselves working on the 70-horsepower engine. In May 2020, Walker completed his certificate in Marine Propulsions earning him college credits as a high school student. “I started by taking the outboard engine class because I thought it would be fun,” said Gordon. “But then I realized how much I like it and now I want to take every marine class the college has to offer!” With the help of the College’s Boat Building and Manufacturing program, Walker was able to find a summer job at Town Creek Marina where he was able to put his new skills to work.

“The staff at MaST is proud of Walker’s accomplishments in just two years on campus,” said Cory Johnson, MaST principal.  “Walker is a shining example of the promise of a MaST education.  We are fortunate our students have the opportunity to partner with Carteret Community College to accomplish their goals.”

Walker is now working towards his Basic Diesel Certificate and he credits his success to the college instructors. “After I graduate high school, I plan to come back to Carteret Community College and finish my degree in marine trades,” he says. “I definitely encourage high school students to take classes at the college, it’s been great.”

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