THUMBS UP: Kudos to Chelsea Gilmore Wetzel and the more than 20 students who officially completed Carroll Community College’s Adult Education Program, earning the right to walk in the diploma recognition ceremony on Oct. 19. High school doesn’t work out perfectly for everyone and receiving a GED is a huge step toward meaningful employment and/or higher education. Wetzel, now 21, did not finish high school and instead went from job to job until about a year ago, when she realized she wanted to go to college but didn’t have a diploma. Now, with her degree, she will have many more options. “I can go to college, which is my end goal,” she told us, adding, “I felt like this opened up a lot of doors. … I didn’t think this was possible.” In addition to classes that prepare students for the high school equivalency exam, Raiana Mearns, the college’s manager of the Adult Education Program, said the college also offers a class to teach English to those who speak other languages. They run four 10-week sessions every year, she added. For more information on the college’s Adult Education Program, visit www.carrollcc.edu or call 410-386-8100.