Seniors Walking Across College Stage Before Receiving High School Diploma

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Duncanville ISD – Eighteen-year-old Melissa Perez has designed her dream home using professional software in her Architectural Drafting class at Duncanville High School. Before she graduates from DHS in a few weeks, she’ll walk the stage at Mountainview College to collect two professional certifications. Melissa is on her way to seeing her personal and professional dreams come true thanks to the opportunities offered through the DHS Career and Technology Education program.

Melissa Perez

On Wednesday, Melissa and 29 other DHS students will receive professional certifications from Mountainview College in Architecture, Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) and Mechatronics involving mechanics and electronics. Five of those students, including Melissa, will receive two professional certifications.

Melissa credits Marissa Alsabrook’s architecture class with prepared her for college at the University of Texas – San Antonio and to interview confidently for summer internships at local architecture firms.

“They’re very impressed with the fact that I already have a year or two of experience,” Melissa said. “It’s enough to do work on professional projects.”

Karina Mendez will also receive two certifications in Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) and Architectural Drafting. She plans to finish her basic courses at Mountainview College and then enroll at the University of Texas – Arlington where she has a full scholarship awaiting her.

Karina is grateful to have completed nearly enough credits to receive an associate degree while finishing high school at DHS.

“I think it’s been really beneficial to experience college before going to college,” Karina said.

A total of 30 DHS students will receive certifications in CADD, Architectural Drafting and Mechatronics, which prepares students to go to work as an entry-level service technician repairing manufacturing systems. Two DHS seniors will receive their Associate of Science degrees.

Lorenzo Bonilla Serrano – Mechatronics
Lucas Braga – Mechatronics
Destiny Florence – Mechatronics
Athziri Guerrero – Mechatronics
Hannah Ismail – Mechatronics
Tyelor Johnson – Mechatronics
Danielle Lara – Mechatronics
Jeremiah Lockhart – Mechatronics
Jesus Ramirez – Mechatronics
Abel Serrato – Mechatronics
Jeremiah Dukes – CADD
Keilon Elder – CADD
Bryar Fuentes – CADD
Cesar Garcia Rosas – CADD
Daniel Hernandez – CADD
Grace Leonard – CADD and Architectural Drafting
Cristian Luna – CADD
Miguel Martinez – CADD and Architectural Drafting
Karina Mendez – CADD and Architectural Drafting
Emanuel Moreno – CADD and Architectural Drafting
Melissa Perez – CADD and Architectural Drafting
Calvin Tat – CADD
Alex Zuniga – CADD

*Some names have been omitted because student privacy laws prevent the release of names or photos of students without parental permission.