Posted June 24, 2022
Adult learners celebrated their completion of Lorain County Community College Adult Literacy programs with a graduation ceremony held in LCCC’s Spitzer Conference Center on June 22.
More than 80 adults crossed the stage, representing a class of more than 150 graduates of the GED and 22+ adult diploma programs offered through the LCCC Aspire office.
“It takes courage to go back and finish, and I’m so proud of each of you,” Ballinger said. “It’s about your hopes and dreams. We are here at LCCC to help you make those dreams a reality. You are now, and forever, a part of the LCCC community.”
The completion of a high school credential opens up many opportunities for adults, including higher paying jobs and increased options in life. Ballinger encouraged the graduates to see their diploma as a starting line in their education and to keep up their momentum by enrolling at LCCC for associate degree or certificate programs.
“This is just the beginning,” Ballinger said. “I look forward to seeing you cross the LCCC stage when you earn your next credential.”
Two GED graduates shared their experience with the program during the ceremony.
“If somebody would have told me three years ago that I would be doing this very thing that I am doing here tonight, I assure all of you that I would not have believed a word they were saying,” said Brian Miller, of North Ridgeville.
Miller said his earning his GED has already improved his life – he received an offer of a full-time job within a few days of passing his test.
Dante Ford, of Elyria, overcame personal obstacles and earned his GED. He is already continuing his education with classes at LCCC.
“For me right now, I feel the sky’s the limit,” Ford said.
For more information about LCCC’s Aspire program, including GED, 22+ adult high school diploma and other programs, visit http://www.lorainccc.edu/ged or call (440) 366-4530.