May 21, 2013

Local Residents Achieve Goals During GED Graduation at Owens

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Over 50 area residents recently were honored for achieving academic excellence as Owens Community College served as host to its 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. All graduates received special diploma covers and 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,” explained Cooper Jr. who intends on continuing 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.”

“Owens Community College is honored to celebrate the many successes of our graduates, many of whom have defied the odds and overcome obstacles in pursuit of their GED Diplomas,” said Jill Souza, Manager of Owens ABLE. “Each student has worked extremely hard to earn this credential, which will open new doors to career and educational possibilities. Several of these graduates have already registered for classes at Owens and other educational institutions. The GED is a student’s first step toward continuing his or her education, and we’re excited to see so many students already taking that second step.”

Students receiving their GED Diploma as part of the graduation celebration were John Akins of Kansas City, Geri Brown of Toledo, Danielle Camino of Toledo, Phylicia Cattladge of Toledo, Tiffany Collins of Toledo, Ronald Cooper Jr. of Toledo, Alice Couch of Findlay, Arianne Custer of Toledo, Amanda Davis of Toledo, Damian Deuble of Findlay, Christy Engelhardt of Toledo, Jamal Gamble of Toledo, Linda Garcia of Northwood, Brenda Gerken of Findlay, Margarita Gonzalez of Edna, Texas, Anthony Graham of Toledo, Darryl Hammer of Findlay, Gregory Hammer of Findlay, Sarah Hatch of Toledo, Cathy Hebert of Toledo, James Humphries of Toledo, Brandon Huntley of Toledo, Ashley Hurst of Toledo, Keisha King of Toledo, Kison Kongkeo of Toledo, Fatima Longoria of Findlay, Edith McCoy of Gibsonburg, Mobley Ronderrick of Toledo, Sherrie Monday of Findlay, Vera Partlow of Toledo, Casey Prenzlin of Findlay, Amy Price of Findlay, Yahana Ramsey-Evans of Toledo, Leona Robinson of Toledo, Nicole Robinson of Toledo, Gregory Roman of Toledo, Yazmin Ruiz of Toledo, Christine Russell of Toledo, Andre Saunders Jr. of Toledo, Kourtney Seidwosky of Toledo, Angel Tall of Toledo, Antoinette Thomas of Toledo, Rhonda Thomas of Toledo, Melissa Trotzier of Toledo, Brianne Wawrzyniak of Toledo, Desiree Webster of Toledo, Julie Williams of Toledo, Stephen Williams of Toledo and Madison Baum 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 for each student.

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.

The College offers ABLE classes at multiple locations in Northwest Ohio, including the Owens Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township, the Owens Findlay-area Campus in Findlay, the Owens Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee, the Owens Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo, Washington Local Schools in Toledo, The Providence Center in Toledo, Economic Opportunity Planning Association of Greater Toledo in Toledo, the Lucas County Metropolitan Housing Authority in Toledo, Pilgrim Church in Toledo, Hancock County JOBsolutions in Findlay, University of Toledo Scott Park Campus in Toledo and at several Toledo-Lucas County Public Library locations.

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
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