It’s Never Too Late! Scott Gray and Daughter Autumn Gray Graduate from MCTC Together
Cynthiana, KY – Earlier this month, hundreds of students graduated from Maysville Community and Technical College. Among the sea of faces was a father–daughter duo, Scott and Autumn Gray. As his daughter Autumn prepared to begin college, she encouraged her father to go back as well. He was nervous and unsure about being surrounded by young students, but personnel at MCTC encouraged Scott to get started. I remember them telling me, “I’m going to let you know right now that you are going to bring something to the table also.”
Scott Gray is a resident of Harrison County and attends the Cynthiana Campus of MCTC. This year he earned certificates in Industrial Maintenance and Welding Technology. For the past 27 years he has worked at Central Motor Wheel of America. While taking classes at MCTC, he worked 10 hours a day, 6 days a week. His workload did not stop him from pursuing his dream of going back to school and learning new skills to use in the workplace. “The classes I’ve taken here at MCTC have helped me to advance in the workplace and I’ve been able to apply what I am learning on the floor.”
Going back to school hasn’t been easy but Mr. Gray has a wonderful support system at home and school. Both of his daughters are students at MCTC. Autumn started taking dual credit classes while she was in high school at Harrison County and just received her Associate of Science degree. His other daughter, Destiny, who was also a dual credit student, is currently working toward a degree in Early Childhood Education. “Going to the same college as my father was different at first,” Autumn stated. “But we tried to help each other along the way.”
Looking proudly at his daughter, Mr. Gray joked, “Autumn has been my tutor. My father never completed high school so I never had anyone guide me. I owe me being here to Autumn and I’m loving every minute of it.”
Autumn is thrilled to see her dad back in school. “My dad has so much potential, he has social, communication and leadership skills, and I think not having a degree yet does hold him back. However, I always tell him it is never too late to take advantage of these opportunities. I want to see him get the positions he is capable of doing. He would be an excellent team leader.”
Mr. Gray plans to pursue a degree and has decided to do things a little backwards. He is putting off his math and English classes because he believes they are his weakest subjects and has started with the technical classes. He reasons, “that way I have everything behind me and knowing this will make me really dig in and finish…there’s no turning back at that point.”
Scott Gray can teach everyone an important lesson, “we never get too old to learn something new.” For more about classes or how to get started at Maysville Community and Technical College visit maysville.kctcs.edu or contact an Enrollment Specialist at any of our four campuses: Cynthiana-Lauren Mattox (859)234-8626, ext. 66436, Maysville-Keonna Gibbs (606)759-7141, ext. 66185, Montgomery-Natalee Brown (859)499-6282, ext. 66503, Morehead-Lori Sorrell (606)783-1538, ext. 66340.