FREMONT - Having an open mind and not being shy or afraid gave Sacha Kubas the courage and strength to complete the requirements for a General Educational Development diploma, she said Thursday night.
The GED graduation ceremony took place at Vanguard Tech Center.
Kubas said she started taking online classes but struggled completing the assignments.
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Graduates from the 2013 Sentinel ABLE/GED program (from left) Larry Beekman, Charles Body and Stacie Case receive their diplomas Thursday night at Vanguard Tech Center in Fremont.
"I took a big step forward and began going to the classes and loved the one-on-one connection I received from the instructors," Kubas said. "Getting your GED is a big accomplishment in life. I did it!"
Tiffin residents Amanda McKenzie and Denise Taulbee also received their GED diplomas Thursday.
McKenzie attended Marion Harding High School and said she spent four years in the ninth grade and decided to stop. She decided to get her GED this year and took the test May 7.
"I wanted to go down the right path for my family," McKenzie said.
She plans on joining the office administration program at Terra State Community College.
"It feels really great," McKenzie said. "The instructors were very comforting and welcoming. Any questions or concerns I had, they were there to help."
Taulbee attended Old Fort Local Schools and Tiffin Columbian High School for a year before she became pregnant with her daughter.
She decided to get her GED because she said the workforce today demands having at least a high school diploma.
"I am proud for getting my GED," Taulbee said. "I have worked really hard."
She also plans to participate in Terra's office administration program.
Lisa Williams, interim executive director and senior vice president for institutional advancement at Terra State Community College, was present to award graduates with scholarships to Terra.
"This is just the beginning, not the end," Williams said. "We are all lifelong learners."