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President Richey Visits Students in BCC Classrooms

April 19, 2012, Brevard County, FL - Stay focused and start planning your career now.

That was the message from Brevard Community College President Jim Richey during recent visits to classes on the Titusville and Cocoa campuses where he spent several hours talking with students.

Dr. Richey first spoke with about 20 students in an English class taught by Assistant Professor Kathy Patria in Titusville on April 18.

Richey welding

He was impressed with the range of career plans that students were pursuing — nursing, medicine, aerospace, aviation, engineering and education — saying it reflects the scope of opportunities at BCC.

He urged students to discuss their goals with the Career Planning and Development Center staff who can provide them expert guidance.

"That will make sure you’ve made the right decision on the direction you want to take, and will help you stay on track to complete your courses on time to graduate,” he said.

Dr. Richey also noted that most jobs today require a college education, so students should “work hard and stay focused to get those jobs. If you do, the sky’s the limit.”

He also visited a welding class on the Cocoa campus taught by Assistant Professor Ken Cox, where he got some hands-on experience. BCC’s welding program is among the best in the southeastern United States, with many students landing jobs after completion. The demand for welders is currently highest in the marine, aerospace support, structure steel, process piping and power plant construction industries.

“The enthusiasm the welding students show is tremendous and Professor Cox does an excellent job helping to prepare them for the job market,” Richey said. “He and Professor Patria show the kind of dedication that our faculty bring to our students every day.”

The stops were part of Dr. Richey’s commitment to make regular campus visits to meet with faculty, staff and students. More classroom visits are planned in the fall term.