Graduate of Blount County Adult Education’s GED program eyes medical career
By Matthew Stewart | (email@example.com)
Two months ago, Darren Blevins started on a journey.
Blevins enrolled in Blount County Adult Education Program’s General Educational Development (GED) program in April.
The 20-year-old spent the next month preparing for his battery of tests, attending morning classes and studying after school until 4:30 p.m. most days.
During Monday’s graduation, Blevins received the Bo Henderson Victory Award, which is given to individuals who overcome difficulties to earn their GED credential.
“I’m so humbled, because several people are worthy of it. They were willing to get out there and do what they need to do to get their GED. They did as much work as me.”
Blevins, who was home-schooled for the majority of high school, received 590 out of a possible 800 on his exams.
In September, the 20-year-old will start attending Tennessee Technology Center at Knoxville.
Blevins is currently enrolled in the surgical technology program, which trains students to prepare the operating room, select and care for the instruments, and assist the surgeon and the nursing team during surgery.
He will be expected to complete four months of concentrated theory and lab practice, two months of integrated theory, and clinical practice in a local hospital.
Blevins said that he wants to serve others and work in the medical field. He and his mother provided care to his grandmother and uncle for four years.
“My grandmother and uncle represent big, big milestones in my life,” Blevins said.
“They were very important to me, and they’ve given me so many memories. They helped me so much ... in so many different ways. They helped me get my first car, and they supported me.”
Blevins, who ultimately aspires to become a nurse practitioner, recently completed the ACT exam in anticipation of transferring to a four-year university. “I can’t believe that I’ll start my classes in three months. It’s kinda scary, but I’ve passed all my tests, so far. I’m hoping to continue that trend, because I’ve got plans. It’s the beginning of my life.”
The 20-year-old also plans to attend culinary arts school in the future. “My grandmother and uncle thought that I was a good cook, and they were pushing me to enroll in culinary arts school. I don’t want to be a chef. I don’t want to make a career out of it, but I would like to learn more about cooking. There’s something comforting about a house that’s full of good smelling foods.”
He wanted to publicly thank educational specialist Vicki Thal, fast track instructors Mary Morehead, Glenda Turner, and technology coordinator Margaret Muller for their assistance.