During several weeks in May and June, area high schools hold graduation ceremonies for seniors moving on to enter the workforce full-time, train for specific types of jobs or pursue further education.
There’s another group of students ranging in ages and “real world” experiences who are also graduating this month–––students who have completed their high school equivalency education after dropping out of school for a variety of reasons. Taking that first step toward completing their education is a major milestone and not always an easy journey.
On June 8, over 100 individuals can call themselves graduates as Del Mar College’s Adult Education and Literacy Department holds a ceremony to award high school equivalency certificates to those who have completed the program during the past year. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. with about 70 graduates participating and walking the stage in Richardson Performance Hall on the East Campus (Baldwin and Ayers).
Learn more about the College’s program by visiting www.delmar.edu/ged/ or calling 361-698-1748 or 1-800-652-3357.
Before graduates receive their certificates, they’ll hear the keynote address by Mark Wagner, Deputy to the Commander at the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD).
Wagner has over 15 years combined civilian and private industry financial and analytical experience. He joined CCAD in September 2015 as Director of Resource Management with a broad range of financial management experience at multiple organizational levels in the Department of Defense (DoD), including championing initiatives to reduce cost and improve management of resources.
Before joining CCAD, Wagner served as the Comptroller for the Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC). In that role, he oversaw and influenced the management of over $2 billion in working capital funds and $100 million in appropriated resources in support of organic naval aviation depot repairs. His key accomplishment was the establishment of the first comptroller business unit for COMFRC, which included oversight of three CONUS working capital funds and one OCONUS appropriated comptroller organization.
Wagner joined the Department of the Navy in 2004 as a Business and Financial Manager in the Navy Acquisition Intern Program (NAIP). He was assigned to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) during the NAIP and worked for various programs that included the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System, FA-18 Hornet, Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile and H-60 Black Hawk.
Upon completion of the NAIP, Wagner was assigned to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller (OUSD(C)), Operations Directorate from 2007 until 2010. During that time, he worked in numerous capacities, including serving as the Senior Budget Analyst for Operation and Maintenance appropriations of the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, National Guard and Reserve Component accounts. Wagner was also the OUSD(C) lead for the Defense Foreign Currency Fluctuation Account, Civilian Personnel, Non-Appropriated Funds and the DoD Acquisition Workforce Development Fund.
Before joining the DoD, Wagner worked as an Investment Advisor for Edward Jones and as a Special Educator providing inclusion and content mastery services to students with disabilities.
A native of Houston, Wagner graduated in 1999 from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in both Communication Disorders and Psychology. He attained his Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas in 2004.
IN THE PHOTO: Mark Wagner, who serves as the Deputy to the Commander at the Corpus Christi Army Depot, will address the Class of 2017 of the high school equivalency program provided through the College’s Adult Education and Literacy Department.