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The GNTC class of 2013 GED graduates celebrate after receiving their diplomas in a ceremony at The Forum. (Paul Halfacre / Rome News-Tribune)slideshow
GNTC President Pete McDonald to the 2013 GED graduates at The Forum on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. (Paul Halfacre/RN-T)slideshow
The assembled class of 2013 GED graduates at The Forum listen to the speaker before the ceremony starts on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. (Paul Halfacre/RN-T)slideshow Thomas Dillard of Rome took his first official step toward his dream of starting his own business Thursday night at the Georgia Northwestern Technical College GED graduation ceremony.
Dillard, who joined another 124 graduates, took classes at GNTC and said it was all worth it to get into the position he is now.
?It wasn?t easy, but at the same time, it was challenging and fun,? he said. ?Getting to this point is a big accomplishment.?
Dillard said he is planning to open a restaurant unlike any other. Whether it?s quesadillas at 4 a.m. or cake for dinner, Dillard said he wants to open a place that is truly one of a kind.
?When you come in,? he said, ?it will never be the same experience.?
Dillard plans to pursue his goal by working toward a business management degree at GNTC and continue his education.
Brooke Bernasconi from Rockmart, who is currently living in Rome, was another GED graduate who said she is going to continue her education.
?I want to become a certified specialist,? she said. ?I want to help counsel people in rehab.?
Bernasconi is planning to move to Austell to study. She added that she is doing it all for her 7-month-old daughter, Nataleigh.
GNTC President Pete McDonald spoke to the graduates about the importance of looking ahead. He emphasized that they should not end their educational journeys just yet.
?I want you to think about what?s next,? he said. ?I don?t want you to think about the past. Think about the future. You?ve earned a ticket on the next train.?
McDonald added that if students want a good job today, they really needed to have an education.
?This is a significant step,? he said.