Fourteen students from HCC's Jump Start program were recognized Tuesday by the state Dept. of Transitional Assistance at a ceremony held in the Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development.
The Jump Start students were among more than two dozen DTA clients from the Holyoke and Springfield area to receive certificates from DTA Commissioner Stacy Monahan for the steps they've taken toward economic self-sufficiency.
The HCC students also received certificates from President William Messner recognizing their completion of the Jump Start program. When the students leave HCC they will be certified as nursing assistants and home health aides.
Messner congratulated all the honorees for their success.
"Your hard work is the most important ingredient," he said. " Your focus, your discipline is changing lives -- your lives, and that's what it's all about: changing lives, for the better."
"Keep focused, keep working," he added, "cause this is just the beginning."
Photos: (Left) DTA commissioner Stacey Monahan congratulates HCC Jump Start student Danaihe Winfree, who is holding her two-year-old daughter, Dat'ooni. (Right) HCC Jump Start student Andrea Brown holds her certificates from the Dept. of Transitional Assistance and Holyoke Community College.