More than 50 area residents recently were honored at Owens Community College’s fourth annual GED Graduation Ceremony.
Graduates received their Ohio High School Equivalence Diploma, also known as the General Educational Development (GED) Diploma, as part of the graduation ceremony. Also, several student class representatives addressed the graduates as keynote speakers during the event. Honor students were recognized with medallions.
For 22-year-old Ronald Cooper Jr. of Toledo, achieving his GED Diploma is a step toward a new future.
“I want to become a marine biologist,” said Cooper, who intends to continue his educational journey in college. “Getting my GED Diploma has given me self-confidence and I now know that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.”
GED graduates included Geri Brown, Danielle Camino, Phylicia Cattladge, Tiffany Collins, Ronald Cooper Jr., Arianne Custer, Amanda Davis, Christy Engelhardt, Jamal Gamble, Anthony Graham, Sarah Hatch, Cathy Hebert, James Humphries, Brandon Huntley, Ashley Hurst, Keisha King, Kison Kongkeo, Mobley Ronderrick, Vera Partlow, Yahana Ramsey-Evans, Leona Robinson, Nicole Robinson, Gregory Roman, Yazmin Ruiz, Christine Russell, Andre Saunders Jr., Kourtney Seidwosky, Angel Tall, Antoinette Thomas, Rhonda Thomas, Melissa Trotzier, Brianne Wawrzyniak, Desiree Webster, Julie Williams, Stephen Williams and Madison Baum, all of Toledo; Linda Garcia of Northwood and Edith McCoy of Gibsonburg
The GED examination was created with the goal of providing individuals who did not finish high school with an opportunity to earn an Ohio High School Equivalence Diploma and advance their academic and career aspirations. In order to earn an Ohio GED Diploma, students must pass all five subject areas that include language arts-writing, language arts-reading, science, social studies and mathematics on their official examination.
Owens’ ABLE (Adult Basic and Literacy Education) program is offered at no cost to students and provides individualized study plans for each student.
ABLE classes are offered at multiple locations in Northwest Ohio, including the Owens Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township, the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo, among other locations including several Toledo-Lucas County Public Library locations.