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Graduation ceremonies were held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm for all students who completed their course of study during the 2013-2014 school year. The ceremony took place at the Faith Baptist Church located on Jackson Pike in Rodney, OH.

William Plants, American History Instructor at the college, opened the ceremony with the Invocation and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.  

School President Robert opened the ceremony:

 “We all want to congratulate the graduates today and applaud the teachers, faculty, and staff for their help. We also want to thank Pastor Lusher and the congregation for allowing us to use their nice facility. Thanks to Jenny Shirey for all her hard work in putting this together.”  

Mr. Shirey then introduced the featured speaker, Ohio State Representative Ryan Smith.

Ryan Smith:  

Representative Smith began by taking his own picture of the graduates and told them they were a good looking group.  

“It is an honor to speak with you today. The journey you have had to this point has been an exciting one. I am a financial advisor, and I can tell you without a doubt that deciding to continue your education is the best decision of your life. Most people do not like to leave their comfort zone; you did this anyway. When I went to college, it was outside my comfort zone. Also, public speaking!! When I have this anxious feeling of butterflies in my stomach, I know I am growing as a person. Becoming a State Representative has had many of these moments; so glad I did it. If I had not been willing to take that chance, I would not be the person I have grown to be.  

Everyone has different and unique circumstances in their life. Each of you made the decision to further your education and nothing or no one can ever take that away from you. Keep challenging yourself to get outside your comfort zone. The best investment you can make is in yourself by furthering your education.  

I know how much support was needed in order for you to continue your education. Thanks to all the family and friends who helped and supported you along the way. Many of them took on different responsibilities to help you achieve your goal.  

In five years, our economy will look completely different because of oil and gas industries coming this way. We need to get our work force ready now. You have been prepared for that situation.  

As you move on, please do these three things: (1) Encourage someone you know to further their education as you have. (2) Find something in the community that you are passionate about and get involved. Volunteer your time and talents. Muhammad Ali said: “Volunteering is the rent we pay for our time here on earth.” (3) Continue to expand your horizons.  

Congratulations once again, celebrate and enjoy this special day with your friends and family."  

After Representative Smith’s address, Denny Daugherty, Director of Education, introduced and acknowledged the staff and instructors, commenting that each one plays a great part in the process. Instructors Joy Staten and William Plants were presented with outstanding service awards.  

Mr. Daugherty then presented the degrees and diplomas to the graduates.  

After the Benediction, given by William Plants, there was a catered reception for all graduates and the 200+ invited guests.  

Catering was provided by Gallipolis Career College graduate Diana Nuce, Sweet Blessings Restaurant and Catering. Diana went on to further her education in Culinary Arts at Mountwest Community and Technical College and now is chef and owner of the local restaurant and catering business.

Nineteenth Annual Administrative Professionals Appreciation Day

                                                                                      Kathy Davis


            Gallipolis Career College hosted its nineteenth annual celebration in honor of National Administrative Professionals Week on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Over 150 students, staff, faculty and guests attended.

            “The 2014 Theme for Administrative Professionals Day® is: “Making The Leap to Remarkable.”Every April for 62 years, the International Association of Administrative Professionals has been asking businesses around the world to show gratitude for the people who get the job done in their office.”

            The local event is coordinated by Joy Staten, M.Ed., Director of Office Administration Studies at GCC. Ms. Staten’s office administration students assisted in the preparation and organization of the day’s activities as a class participation project. The program included the following speakers: Randy Smith gave a presentation and demonstration on Safety Awareness and Self Defense; Kim Kerns, GCC Graduate now employed as Account Clerk for Lynn Angell CPA, spoke to the students about preparing for the workforce; and a brief impromptu presentation was graciously given by Lindsay Carr and Krissy Kemp of Career Connections in Gallipolis. Holzer Hospice Health Nurses offered glucose & cholesterol testing and blood pressure screening. GCC students planned, organized and presented a style show featuring current students modeling appropriate business attire. Outfits were provided by Once Again Consignment Shop. Tommy Payne of Big Country 99 presented a live remote from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

            Over 100 door prizes (donated by various businesses throughout the area) were distributed throughout the day and a barbecue luncheon was prepared featuring our very capable chefs Bo Shirey and Denny Daugherty. Sweet Blessings Catering provided the side dishes.

            All activities were provided free of charge for Gallipolis Career College students, staff, and invited guests.

            All in all, the day was a huge success. If you missed joining us this year, we hope to see you in April of 2015.


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Gallipolis Career College has received authorization from the Ohio Board of Regents to award associate degrees through December 31, 2012.  We received our authorization with the Chancellor’s signature on February 23, 2009.

This authorization is the culmination of almost two years of hard work from the staff and faculty of The College.  Many meetings were held, documents printed, questions answered, and changes made to accomplish this major benefit to our students.  Our staff and faculty are to be congratulated for their contributions to this.  Receiving the Ohio Board of Regents authorization, in laymen’s terms, IS A REALLY BIG DEAL!!!!!!

In order for GCC to meet the more stringent Ohio Board of Regents’ standards, several major changes have been or will be made.  We have upgraded our library and will continue to do so.  We have hired highly qualified instructors with master’s degrees in the subject matters they teach while maintaining most of our current faculty.  We will be improving our placement testing methods to meet the OBR’s regulations.  Curriculum changes will be forthcoming to improve our offerings.  Two things that will not change are our retention and placement efforts.  GCC continually exceeds the retention and placement rates of public universities and community colleges.  In addition to the financial benefits of having our associate degrees authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents, students will be able to transfer their credits earned at GCC to both public and private universities in Ohio. This means that if you wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree then transferring your credit hours earned while attaining your associate degree will be easier to transfer to a four-year school.  In summary, we pledge to make our school one which you can have continued pride in attending.

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