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Fountainhead congratulates the graduating class of December 2013

Fountainhead College will recognize 44 graduating students at its fall graduation ceremony on Friday, December 20, at 10am in the auditorium of the school’s former campus at 3203 Tazewell Pike. The graduating class comprises students from all program areas of the college, including Network Security & Forensics, Health Information Management, Information Technology, Electronics Technology, and Computer Programming, among others.

The college will award 38 Associate's Degrees and 6 Bachelor's of Applied Science Degrees during its graduation ceremony. Jack Neely, associate editor of Knoxville’s Metro Pulse weekly, will present the graduation address. Neely chronicled the early days of Fountainhead’s identity as the Tennessee Radio Service School in an article published this past September. See his full bio below.

Many graduating students will join the workforce immediately, having been hired by employers in the Knoxville area including SAIC, Comcast, Claris Networks, TVA Credit Union, CPR-Cell Phone Repair, Pilot-Flying J, and the City of Knoxville. A handful of graduating students will celebrate their graduation experience with parents who are also graduates from the school when it was named the Tennessee Institute of Electronics.

Fountainhead College wishes our graduates the best of luck as they begin this new chapter in their careers. We are proud that in our 65-years as an institution of higher education, our graduates continue to have a unique and positive impact on nearly every technology-related industry in the region.

Jack-Neely-webGraduation Speaker: Jack Neely

Born on an air base in Japan during the reign of Emperor Hirohito, Jack Neely grew up in Knoxville. He attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., but earned a degree from the University of Tennessee in American history, during which he worked as “wire editor” for the Daily Beacon.

After working at the 1982 World’s Fair, he worked for attorneys for a few years, mostly in criminal-defense investigation. Since 1985 he’s been a working journalist, beginning with a six-year stint as an editor for various glossy magazines at Whittle Communications. His encounters with the World’s Fair, some high-profile criminals, and an unlikely publishing empire all played roles in arousing an interest in his home town.

In 1992 Metro Pulse debuted his column, “Secret History.” His work at Metro Pulse has earned several awards, including the East Tennessee Historical Society’s “History in the Media” award, the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists’ First Place award in the newspaper columns category. He joined the Metro Pulse staff as a full-time writer in 1995; he is now associate editor of that weekly.

He has also worked as a consultant and project writer for various historical and cultural projects, including the BBC’s 1995 audio documentary about James Agee, and Knoxville’s live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion (1999). He has lectured on journalism, local history and literature at UT and Maryville College, and has worked on a variety of projects on live radio for WUTK and WDVX. He has led urban literary hikes like the Agee Amble and the Suttree Stagger.

He has also contributed to several scholarly works, including Agee Agonistes, a collection of essays about James Agee; Appalachian Heritage magazine’s special issue about Cormac McCarthy; and the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He’s also contributes to Smoky Mountain Living magazine.

Since his first collection of columns, Knoxville’s Secret History, was published by Scruffy City Publishing in 1995, he’s published eight books, including a collection called Knoxville: This Obscure Prismatic City (2009); Market Square: A History of the Most Democratic Place on Earth (2009,2011); and a comprehensive analysis of the city’s recent urban revival called Knoxville: Green by Nature (2013).

Currently at work on a comprehensive history of the Old City area, he lives with his wife, Janet, and is relieved, not to say surprised, that their two children are both employed college graduates.

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