MOUNT VERNON — Knox Technical Center celebrated graduates from ten adult education programs at a combined graduation ceremony Wednesday night at R.R. Hodges Auditorium at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Some of the students had attended KTC to finish their high school diploma or GED, but most graduated with certifications in industrial, medical and business-related fields.
In her opening address, superintendent Kathy Greenich told the graduates to look back on this milestone as a source of encouragement on the rocky road ahead.
“Capture this moment to your memory,” said Greenich. “I want you to be able to remember that tonight you celebrated learning something new, getting out of your comfort zone and accomplishing a big goal.”
Rep. Rick Carfagna, who serves the 68th district in the Ohio House of Representatives, gave the keynote address. Carfagna began by commending the graduates and highlighting just how important their achievements were.
“By 2020, 64 percent of all Ohio jobs will require a post secondary education,” he said. “Currently, only 55 percent of Ohio adults have that level of education. … You will have a distinction and an advantage that you will carry for the rest of your days.”
He went on to remind students to make good choices, embrace the unknown and remain persistent.
“Any of life’s successes are the culmination of a series of very small, seemingly throwaway moments in life,” said Carfagna. “If you maintain the idea of persistence at the task at hand, not only will it create opportunities for your life, it will ensure that you will exceed those opportunities.”