May 23, 2012

Local Residents Achieve Goals and Dreams During GED Graduation Ceremony at Owens

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Over 40 area residents recently were honored for achieving academic excellence as Owens Community College served as host to its third 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 celebration. Shelly Taylor and Liyaquat Qurbanali were selected as the student class representatives and addressed the graduates as keynote speakers during the event. All graduates received special diploma covers and honor students were recognized with medallions.

For the 31-year-old Taylor, obtaining a GED Diploma represents the opening of doors to a new life and career possibilities.

“Returning to school and pursuing my GED Diploma was long over do,” explained Taylor, who previously worked for several years in the restaurant industry while raising her 11-year-old son Lawrence. “My GED Diploma means the world to me. I wanted to change my life and my education is going to make that possible. All of the hard work has paid off.”

The educational journey is just beginning for Taylor as she is pursuing her associate’s degree in registered nursing at Owens. After completing her education at Owens, she intends on transferring to the University of Toledo to continue her studies in nursing. Her eventual goal is to work in forensic nursing.

For those individuals contemplating a return to school Taylor offered some words of advice. “It’s never too late to go back to school,” she stated.

Students receiving their GED Diploma as part of the graduation celebration were Mark Baker of Toledo, Brandy Baranowski of Toledo, Hazel Briggs of Toledo, Jessica Carpenter of Toledo, Marcy Coyne of Toledo, Gregory Cross of Toledo, Brian Dominique of Toledo, Gordon Duby of Toledo, Jessica Graves of Fostoria, Marina Hernandez of Toledo, Jamie Hoverman of McComb, Keith Huffman of Toledo, Shawn Johnson of Toledo, Jordan Jones of Toledo, Lisa Jones of Findlay, Tifanee Lampkin of Toledo, Renauta Lohmeyer of Toledo, Megan McCarter of Toledo, Darryl Moon of Findlay, Arden Moyer III of Toledo, Brent Myers of Findlay, Lauren Myers of Findlay, Ashley Nusbaum of Toledo, Pamela Pasco of Toledo, Ronald Perry Jr. of Toledo, Marvin Pettaway of Toledo, Liyaquat Qurbanali of Toledo, Marylou Robertson of Findlay, Janisha Sisson of Toledo, Kevin St. John of Toledo, Lori Stein of Arcadia, Angel Stempowski of Toledo, Dustin Tabor of Toledo, Shelly Taylor of Toledo, Brenda Thomas of Arcadia, Josephine Tredway of Toledo, Kristina Watson of Oregon, Gabrielle Wilson of Toledo, Shealene Wright of Findlay, Brett Albright of Toledo, Sharmaine Haynes of Toledo and Martina Young of Toledo.

The GED examination was created with the goal of providing individuals who do 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. The ABLE program is offered at no cost to students and provides individualized study plans so that each student can progress at a pace comfortable for them.

Owens’ ABLE, which is funded by the state of Ohio through the Ohio Board of Regents and the U.S. Department of Education, is committed to meeting the needs of the surrounding communities by providing an array of enriched learning opportunities and academic resources that include reading, writing, mathematics and computer skills. Specific programs available include preparing for post-secondary training and education, obtaining a GED Diploma, improving employability skills and learning English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), among other academic resources.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit