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Never too late to better yourself

It is never too late to earn your high school diploma, learn a new skill or change careers. And local residents don’t have to try to do any of those things alone, though it does take a little initiative to get the ball rolling.

The folks at the Washington County Career Center, or the Aspire program can provide the resources and guidance needed to take those sometimes intimidating steps. As Christopher Carpenter of Marietta found out, there is more than one way to finish what was started, get that diploma, and learn how to move into a new phase of a career.

“Don’t wait like I did, just do it,” he said. “Ashli (Diamond, Aspire program coordinator) made the process easy and everyone is there to help you and see you succeed.”

Because he finally did take the leap, Carpenter now has his high school diploma, completed training and a CDL Class A driver’s license.

“The Adult Diploma Program (ADP) is a wonderful two-for-one,” said Tony Huffman, director of the Washington County Career Center – Adult Technical Training. “At no cost, Ohio residents, 22 or older, can earn their high school diploma and free workforce training and credentials. It’s outstanding! I’d like to see more Ohio residents take advantage of it. With ADP programs in medical, IT, and heavy industry, we typically have something for everyone.”

You heard Huffman. Take advantage of the opportunities available to better yourself and your prospects. It’s a new year. There’s no better time to get moving.

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