“Accomplishing this goal has absolutely changed my life,” he said.
“When I first joined the program, I didn’t think I would succeed at all. But grew and learned more than anything I have in my previous years of schooling and managed to complete all my high school classes and college level courses and get my associates degree and high school diploma,” said Ariss.
“On top of that I am not only graduating with a diploma, but it is an honors diploma as well.”
Fairfield School officials praised Ariss, noting he attends classes at Butler Tech and holds down a job Monday through Thursday working from after school until 10 p.m.
“I accomplished this through my program at Butler Tech in the Mechatronics program,” he said. “This particular lab has a degree program intertwined with it which allowed me to achieve an associate degree before stepping foot onto a college campus and paying any tuition.”
His mother, Angel Ariss, could not be prouder. Her son’s work ethic is an inspiration to others, she said.
“He is such an amazing child but remains completely grounded and humble,” she said.
“He has achieved his Eagle Scout, graduated high school with an Honors Diploma, competed with his robotics team in Pittsburgh and Alabama, volunteers every Sunday at church and earned an associate degree - all while working a job and going to school,” she said.
Vincent said he has decided to use his honors diploma and associate degree to enter the workforce after graduation.
He is still amazed that he’ll be able to do this “without ever paying a dime of tuition.” He will consider completing a bachelor’s degree if lands a job with tuition reimbursement benefits, “but right now, I’m hoping to jump straight into work with a company and grow from there,” he said.