ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- Eighteen students recently completed Anniston Army Depot's Pathways High School cooperative education program.

"We are proud of the work you have performed and the skills you have learned this year," Chuck Gunnels, the depot's deputy to the commander, told the students. "We look forward to seeing you fulfill your career potential."

A total of 621 students have graduated from the cooperative education program since it began in 2001 under the former school Student Educational Employment Program.

This year's class marks the third class under the Pathways Program. Among the 18 students are five mechanics, three in electronics, three welders, three in hydraulics and four machinists.

As the school year came to a close, some of the students earned certifications along with their high school diplomas.

The electronics interns obtained their certifications in soldering and welding interns earned their welding hire-in certification.

This is the first time the test was administered prior to the completion of the college program of study.

Fifteen of students will continue in the Pathways Career Program. In the technical college portion of the program, they will work toward a certificate or a degree, dependent upon their trade, from Gadsden State Community College.