Josie Turner, of Eastpoint, was among 14 dental assistant technology graduates who accepted their diplomas and pins on the stage of Turner Auditorium at Tallahassee Community College July 25.

In addition, the 2014 Franklin County High School graduate received the Professionalism Award. Turner received praise by her colleagues during externships, as well as from her program instructors, for displaying a high level of professionalism in the workplace and a love for her new career.

She is the daughter of Jenny and David Turner, and granddaughter of Rose Marie and Hubert Turner, and Ruth and Elton Galloway.

Turner now begins her studies in TCC’s Dental Hygiene program, which leads to an associate of science degree and a career as a registered dental hygienist.

Dental assistant Lidya Getahun was awarded the Dr. Mary Anne Butler Excellence Award and a $1,000 scholarship for maintaining the highest grade point average in her graduating class.

The ceremony closed with a speech from student speaker Maria Lopez, who inspired her fellow graduates, family and friends in attendance. “We will be leaving Tallahassee Community College confident in the education we have received, the skills we have acquired and the abundance of work available for us,” she said.

Tallahassee Community College is consistently ranked as one of the top community colleges in the nation. Offering an associate in arts degree for transfer to a state university in multiple tracks, as well as over 70 different degree and certificate programs that encompass a variety of fields, TCC has a wide range of educational pathways for students from all walks of life.