The Warren County Aspire program celebrated the accomplishments of its graduates recently with an outdoor ceremony at Armco Park. Graduates and their families shared smiles and tears of joy as they realized their dreams of finally earning their high school credentials and starting on new career paths.
The Aspire program served 329 students with more than 12 hours of instruction in the 2021-22 school year. Of those, 190 were students in the English for Speakers of Other Languages from 40 countries. Languages spoken by those students include Albanian, French, Spanish, Korean, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, Czech, Kyrgyz, Russian, Tajiki, Gujarati, Portuguese, Turkish, Farsi, and Ukrainian.
WCCC Aspire has had 30 GED/HiSET/Adult Diploma Program graduates in 2021-22, with four ADP graduates earning their State Tested Nursing Assistant credential, two ADP students earning certification in Welding and one ADP student earning certification in Robotics. Two more ADP students in Welding were in process of completing the program, and eight HiSET testers and 15 GED testers achieved High School Equivalence. The students ranged in age from 17-73.
Twenty-nine of the Aspire students also earned credentials from the Ohio Department of Education Industry Recognized Credentials while enrolled or within one year of exit. Twenty-eight of WCCC Aspire’s 2020-2021 students have self-reported that they are enrolled in postsecondary education.
One of Warren County Aspire’s excellent Instructors, Linda McBride, was nominated recently for Ohio Adult Options Teacher of the Year Award in the ADP category.