Beatrice Student Gets Jump On College
When Easton Stevens graduates from Beatrice High School in May, he has a plan for success thanks to the Southeast Nebraska Career Academy Partnership. For the last three semesters, he has taken six classes, which gives him a jump on his peers.
"SENCAP has been beneficial to me because it allowed me to complete college classes while still in high school," Stevens said. "I took nearly 20 college credit hours in high school."
He plans to continue his education on the Southeast Community College Milford Campus in the Automotive Technology program. He credits his Instructor, Kris Gaddy, and high school counselor Jen Prososki with helping him determine his career path.
"After finishing college, I plan to enter the workforce and possibly start my own business," explained Stevens. "It really helped having an instructor like Mrs. Gaddy my first year of SENCAP and having Mrs. Prososki as my counselor."
Prososki recognized his academic strengths and knew where he would excel.
"Easton is a student that really needs to be challenged. He enjoys learning and is very good at math," Prososki said. "Last year, SCC classes allowed him to double up on math, which he loved. He has also taken a variety of SENCAP classes to find out for sure what he'd like to do in the long run."
Beatrice High School Principal Jason Sutter says Stevens is a great example for others at BHS to follow. His willingness to take tough courses in high school has prepared him for a successful career.
"Easton has greatly enjoyed his course load in SENCAP," Sutter said. "His desire to take multiple SENCAP courses stems from his desire to earn college credits, shorten his time in college, and better prepare himself for a career in auto technology. I am proud of Easton. He is well prepared for his next adventure."
SENCAP is in partnership with 47 school districts throughout SCC's 15-county service area, offering several academies, including Agriculture, Business, Construction, Criminal Justice, Education, Health Sciences, Information Technology, and Manufacturing in Energy and Welding.
Learn more about SENCAP at: https://www.southeast.edu/sencap/