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Mountwest graduates 23 students through painters union partnership

September 23, 2013

Huntington, W.Va. - A commencement ceremony for Mountwest Community & Technical College took place last week at a unique place and time. On Monday, September 9, 23 students were recognized as new college graduates as a result of the partnership between Mountwest and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 21 through the Finishing Trades Institute in Philadelphia, PA.

Twenty-three students earned a Certificate of Applied Science in technical studies, and 19 earned an Associate of Applied Science in occupational development. All graduated in May or July 2013, and four of the students made the dean’s list for the spring semester. More than 100 family and friends came out to support the new graduates.

“This inaugural commencement is evidence of the commitment made by the International Union of Painters to raise the education level of its membership,” said Dr. Keith Cotroneo, President of Mountwest, “We are so pleased to partner with such a dedicated organization and provide this unique opportunity to its members.”

Mountwest has partnered with the International Union of Painters in various capacities since the 1980s but formed the partnership with the Finishing Trades Institute, the training organization that supports the union, just two years ago.

Graduates earning a certificate of applied science are Kevin Johnston, Francis Kelly, James Martucci and Patrick McIntyre. Those earning both the certificate and associate of applied science are David Barnes, Kendra Battle-Garcia, Joseph Brzycki, Michael Cerasi, David DiNisio, Matthew Fox, Matthew Gross, William Martin, Timothy McCarthy, Stephen Metzger, Kara Peters, John Przepsioski, Brendan Sinni, William Stein, David Tressler, Nicholas Thornton, Matthew Trzaska, Joseph Valecce, and Shawn Watts. 

The four students named to the dean’s list are Tyan Edens, Matthew Fox, Timothy McCarthy and Kara Peters. This is a unique distinction for occupational development students as there are numerous requirements, including being registered for a minimum of 12-credit-hour, letter-grade courses in one semester and maintaining a semester grade point average of 3.3 or above. Additionally, they are working adults managing their school load, as well as work and family life.






Photo caption: Mountwest President Dr. Keith Cotroneo and Mountwest Dean of Career & Technical Division Steve Brown pose with some of the graduates.

Photo courtesy of Pat Merk, Finishing Trades Institute, District Council 21.