Aspire GED graduation held at Upper Valley

PIQUA – Thirteen students from the Upper Valley Career Center Aspire program (formerly known as ABLE) turned the dream of graduating into a reality on Nov. 30. The event was attended by Upper Valley Career Center and Aspire staff members, family, friends, and guest speaker, TJ Armstrong, Aspire Program Manager.

Scott Naill, Adult Division Director, welcomed those in attendance and commended the graduates for their strong self-discipline and perseverance in achieving this milestone accomplishment.

Guest speaker, TJ Armstrong, congratulated the graduates on their achievement and offered words of inspiration. “I know how hard you have worked to get here today,” said Armstrong. He went on to challenge the graduates to turn this achievement into the start of a pathway to lifelong success. “Let this be the first step in your journey, set new goals, and continue your education.”

TJ Armstrong and Scott Naill awarded the diplomas.

Local 2017 Aspire graduates include Susan Francis and Donna Murphy of Greenville.

Upper Valley Career Center operates Aspire classes in sites across Miami, Shelby, and Darke Counties as well as online. Participants may prepare for their General Equivalency Diploma (GED), refresh skills needed for employment/advancement, or prepare for post secondary transitions. Individuals lacking a high school diploma or looking to refresh academic skills are encouraged to contact the Upper Valley Career Center Aspire program at 937-778-1078 or email Sarah Thomason at to enroll. Classes are offered in Piqua, Troy, Sidney, and Greenville.

PHOTO CAPTION: Graduate and class speaker Susan Francis of Greenville exits the stage after receiving her diploma. 

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