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Adult Students Congratulated at Recognition Ceremony

Group of graduates

Over 200 adult students completed career-technical training programs through Warren County Career Center Adult Education and Workforce Development in the 2018-19 school year, and over 400 adults were served by WCCC Aspire. Many of those students were celebrated June 6 for completion of their programs and earning credentials.

Tanya Thomas, who completed the Aspire Adult Diploma Program, earned her high school diploma and Certified Phlebotomy Technician credential. She said she never thought she would be able to say she graduated, but she enrolled in the Aspire program in 2018, which empowered her in many ways. She is employed as a phlebotomist now, which has bettered not only her family financially, but also her future. “The Aspire teachers gave me the tools, confidence and encouragement to help me succeed,” she said. “I started to believe that I could accomplish anything. And then I went on to the Greentree Health Science Academy and I became a Phlebotomist…it gave me great opportunity with my externship.”

At age 37, Elizabeth Lynch said she was at the lowest point of her life when she decided to go back to school. She changed careers and became a licensed cosmetologist through the WCCC Adult Cosmetology program. She now works in a salon in Centerville, and said this is her dream career. She said she was nervous at first to go back to school but will always be grateful to the career center and instructors. “I have followed my 20-year dream of being in the beauty industry,” she said.

Seth Ryan, Electrical Power Line Mechanic, Nick Persiani, Electrical Power Line Mechanic, Leara Mimbs, Cosmetology, Logan O’Shea, Electrical Power Line Mechanic, and Jordan Gilpin, Dental Assisting, were awarded scholarships through the Warren County Career Center Education Foundation.

To open the ceremony, the Springboro High School Air Force JROTC performed the Presentation of Colors, and Instructor Jack Jones, a military veteran, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Ohio Department of Higher Education Vice Chancellor Gary Cates congratulated the students on their achievement. WCCC Board President Bobbie Grice made closing remarks.

Thirty-two students completed programs in the Advanced Manufacturing field, eight in the Information Technology field, five in Cosmetology, 21 in Electrical Power Line Mechanic, 64 in Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter, 17 in Heavy Equipment and Site Construction, and 72 in Medical programs.

Aspire provides free instructional services to adults who need to prepare for the GED, Adult Diploma Program or other high school equivalence exams, improve language skills with English for Speakers of Other Languages, improve literacy and attain additional skills through foundation Math, Reading and Writing skills, and transition into employment and college. As of the end of May, 40 students earned their GED and seven students earned the Adult Diploma, which includes a workforce certification and a state high school diploma. Some 135 Aspire students used distance education and online studies in addition to their classroom time, and 65 transitioned to further education and training. The 118 ESOL students represent 43 countries and 28 languages.

Watch the ceremony at this LINK.

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