Vision Charter Academy presents 2016 grads

By Press Release

Vision Charter Academy (VCA) awarded Delta County School District diplomas to 16 seniors in the Class of 2016. A graduation ceremony was held for the Delta campus at the Delta Center for Performing Arts on Thursday, May 26, and for the Surface Creek campus at the Cedaredge Assembly of God on Friday, May 27. To graduate from VCA, learners must complete not only course work and credit, but also showcase their work at a senior presentation night, write a personal statement, demonstrate proficiency levels in language arts and math through testing, and prove to their graduation committee that they are ready for their next steps upon graduation.

The guest speaker tradition at VCA was the highlight of each ceremony. Each VCA graduate selects a guest speaker who is his or her personal keynote speaker. The guest speakers shared each graduate's personality traits, successes and challenges, and his or her next steps after graduation. VCA graduates will attend the Art Institute in Denver, Colorado Mesa University and Delta-Montrose Technical College for further education after graduation.

VCA's 2016 graduates' next steps include becoming the next generation of animation and graphic designers, astrophysicists, auto mechanics, cosmetologists, dental hygienists, heavy equipment operators, nurses and entrepreneurs. An interesting small business one of the graduates is already working in and adding to the local economy is making goat milk products and building tiny homes.

Graduates also participated in VCA's flower ceremony in which each presented a flower to one person to symbolize their gratitude to all who supported them in their educational pursuits. VCA would like to thank Delta Floral for providing the flowers and Delta Ace Hardware and Hellman Motor Company for providing the decorations to make the ceremonies beautiful. VCA also thanks its governing board of stewards: Kurt Beckenhauer, Angie Gauthier, Leann Jiron, Kristi Stratman and Lyndall Young for their dedication and commitment to oversee VCA policies and ensure academic and financial accountability. Finally, VCA thanks the Delta County School District's administrators and board of education for their support and approval of VCA's charter contract that allows VCA to operate as a public school and provide these educational opportunities in Delta County.

Two VCA seniors walked in graduation, but will remain fifth-year seniors to participate in the ASCENT program next year. Accepted ASCENT learners receive their college tuition paid for the year. Current ASCENT learners will attend Colorado Mesa University full time. While there is cost to the learner, including books, fees, supplies, room and board, VCA covers the tuition. VCA is the only school in Delta County offering this opportunity to high school students and has developed agreements with other Colorado colleges and universities.

VCA is a public tuition-free charter school approved by the Delta County School District's board of education serving Delta and adjacent counties. For more information about VCA, go to www.visioncharteracad VCA will hold enrollment sessions Aug. 16 at the Delta campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Aug. 17 at the Surface Creek campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Aug. 18 at the North Fork campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To attend, new learners should complete the application for enrollment on VCA's website.