Adults Earn High School Equivalency in Rhea County
Evensville, TN — The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Athens adult education high school equivalency commencement ceremony was held for 19 Adults at the Rhea County High School Auditorium on Thursday, August 2, 2018. Friends and family came for the commencement ceremony. Over the last year a total of 62 adults graduated from the program. 19 students participated in the commencement ceremony.
For those interested in obtaining their High School Equivalency, check out the Department of Labor and Workforce Development website, or call toll free 1-844-688-7944. The Dayton Office number if 423-285-5565.
Leslie Travis the District Coordinator opened the ceremony and also the featured speaker on the night. The invocation was by Mr. Carroll Henderson, 6th District School Board member. Next came the pledge of allegiance and National Anthem. Colors were presented by the Rhea County High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Color Guard. Representing JROTC were Cadet Captain Andrea Perkins, Cadet Captain Vinus Vincent, Cadet Captain Major Hickman and Cadet Private Halsey Tschantz.
Before ceremony, two students received special recognition and certificates of merit. Walter Ray and Liubbana Garcia received special recognition for their perseverance and hard work on their way to achieving a certificate. It was also special that three members of the Williams family received certificates. Those include Amy, Haley and Jacob Williams.
Walter Ray was recognized for his perseverance, as he did not let failure of math test multiple times deter him from his goal. Liubbana began in 2006, taking English as second language and after a long journey learning English, she then tackled the adult education program and was rewarded with a diploma. She began the adult education certificate program in 2014. She was very diligent, asking lots of questions and keeping tons of note and it paid off.
Several instructors work with the students in the program. Those included Kelly Gould, Manuell Christi, Scott Gravitt, Amanda Headlee, Teresa Hinds and Lesley Sholl.
The program is funded under agreement with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development and received contributions from several agencies included Department of Workforce Development, United Way, City of Dayton, Rhea County and Rhea County Adult Literacy Council.
Lead instructor Kelly Gould, said about Walter Ray, “Through his constant and unending perseverance, Walter began to see results.”
Program Director Leslie Travis said about Liubbana Garcia, “When she got her high school equivalency diploma we cried. Everybody loved her. If she saw you having a bad day she was quick to encourage. She encourages everyone she meets.” .
List of Graduates at ceremony:
|Ann Maria Glisson|
Photos compliments of Adult Education and Haley Johnson.