More than three dozen local residents received recognition during the 2017 River Valley Resources Adult Education Honors ceremony Thursday after earning various certifications, including high school equivalency diplomas and other certifications.
The annual ceremony – hosted by the Psi Iota Xi Zeta Xi chapter at Ivy Tech Community College – honored 19 people who earned a high school equivalency diploma and eight people who completed Post Secondary Transitions classes, which allow students to earn acceptance into Ivy Tech.
Ten people earned certifications in various fields including welding, customer service and training for emergency medical technicians.
Two people completed both the high school equivalency and the post secondary transition programs.
River Valley Resources offers free adult learning classes at the Clearinghouse of Jefferson County throughout the year for local residents, as well as residents from several surrounding counties.
Katie Mote, president of the Ivy Tech Madison campus and interim chancellor of its Columbus/Southeast region, served as commencement speaker.
2017 High School Equivalency Honors graduates include: Noah Bartosz, Lauren Bowen, Shaela Brown, Shawntae Hankinson, Danny Jones, Bryn Kocher, Gabriele Leatherman, Matthew Marsh, Kyle Moore, Samantha Whalen-McRoberts, Seth Moore, Micah Perry, Russell Proctor, Gregory Pruitt, Hannah Silverthorn, Kenneth Smith Jr., Kellie McClellan, Mary Voris and Ed Walters.
Post Secondary Transitions graduates include: Jeff Brandenburg, Brandon Gatke, S. Haley Griffin, Kelcie Hardin, Gwen Kalish, Gabriele Leatherman, Micah Perry and Savannah Sturgill.
WorkINdiana certification graduates include: Aaron Chaney, Charles Dore, Dayne Roberts, Justin Stewart, all AWS Welding graduates; Chentain Ashby, Alma Boicourt, Gwen Kalish, Yarley Winburn, all Excellence in Customer Service graduates; and Jeremy Weghorst, EMT/Paramedic graduate.