The Education Center of Rising Sun hosted the high school equivalency graduation ceremony for the 46 graduates at the Schroeder Building in Rising Sun on Thursday, July 27th.
It was a festive occasion starting with a slide presentation of the graduates for the huge gathering of family and friends. A delicious meal was served before Debbie Thomason, director of the Education Center of Rising Sun, introduced special guests for the evening. They were Peg Dickson, Executive Director of Ohio County Community Foundation and husband; Sandra Bowlus, HSE teacher; Molly Dodge, Director of RVR Adult Education; Mandi Logsdon, RVR Coordinator; Mindy Smith, Administrative Assistant for Education Center; Deb Cole, WIOA Youth Coordinator; city councilman Dennis Williams and wife; Deedee Cochran Brown, president of OCCF board; and Georgetta Mulholland, former HSE student and college graduate and guest speaker.
Fourteen of the 46 graduates were present to receive a special recognition and walk wearing their caps and gowns. Concluding the ceremony, pictures were taken with family and friends. From the 46 students who completed, their ages ranged from 17 to 52 years of age, coming from Ohio, Dearborn, Ripley and Switzerland County. Former graduate Georgetta Mulholland is a mom and grandma who obtained her HSE Diploma in 2013-14. She went on to a WORKIN program called START “Skills, Tasks and Results Training” and received her certificate. Georgetta was not done learning, as she then enrolled in Ivy Tech and graduated in May, 2017 with a 2 year degree in criminal justice. She now works with the ACDC program in Dearborn County.
Those who graduated with their Indiana high school equivalency diploma from the Education Center during the 2016-17 school year were: Justin Adams, Maria Ashbrook, James Backus, Hunter Boggs, Cheyanne Bradley, Brian Bridges, Danylle Canada-Ward, Jacob Courtney, Brenton Cyrus, Amanda Dell, Danny Estepp, Matt Estes, Waylon Estridge, Jarod Gline, Michael Gonzalez, Chris Good, Jerry Harper, Jacob Hart, Hunter Hart, Jason Hoskins, Nathaniel Howard, Austin Huntington, Victoria Kenney, Payton Lyon, Tylor Marino, Lacey May, Kayla McClure, Jerome Morehead, Sabrina Moses, Drew Nolte, Christian Powell, Stephanie Reagan, Jesse Richards, Kourtney Rutledge, Jordyn Scudder, Karli Shouse, Laura Sinclair, Justin Snelling, Stephanie M. Vaughn, Robert Vinson, Jake Warr, Eric Warner, Kaitlyn Williams, Amanda Willoughby and two students who did not want their names published.
At the Education Center of Rising Sun, a new year has started and new students are welcome. Hours are 9-2:30 from Monday – Thursday. Students needing evening hours can schedule with Sandra Bowlus by calling 812-599-4751. The number for the Education Center is 812-438-2437. The classes are free and run by River Valley Resources. Students completing can qualify for WIOA youth and WorkIN programs.