The month of May is well known for high school graduations, and Anniston Army Depot had its own celebration for students enrolled in the Career Academy on May 19.

Ninety-seven high school seniors, representing various local high schools within in a 35-mile radius, received certificates for their completion of phase one of the program.

"I challenge you to take what you have to reach out to others," said Depot Commander Col. S. B. Keller, as she addressed the academy's eighth graduating class. "Many of you are valedictorians, salutatorians, star athletes and SkillsUSA winners. You're paving the way that's leading to discussion among the other services about immolating what we have. Our job is to help ensure the safety of our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Seaman, and Coast Guard and I think we're doing a pretty good job!"

The Career Academy is a partnership between Anniston Army Depot and the Alabama Department of Education to provide students with required academic coursework and on-the-job training in the areas of machining, mechanics, welding, hydraulics and electronics.

It is first in a three-phase program: high school, technical college and career progression. This fall semester, the graduates will begin the second segment.

"We're very proud of each of you and are equally proud to have you as part of the depot's team," said Chief of Staff Ray Minter, as the certificates were presented.

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