More than 200 county residents graduate from ABLE program

July 17th, 2010    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Community

More than 200 Clermont County residents earned a “second chance” this June.

The Clermont County Educational Service Center celebrated its twenty-third annual graduation ceremony for the Adult Basic and Literacy Program (ABLE) on June 10, at Clermont College.

During the 2009-10 program year 201 people took the GED test and 146 received their GED Equivalency Diploma.

A graduate of the Adult Basic and Literacy Program receives her GED Equalivalency Diploma.
The Adult Basic and Literacy Education Program provides a "second chance" opportunity for adults to receive their high school credentials.

The GED Equalivalency Diploma will allow those adults to continue their education at post-secondary institutions, help their children with homework, meet new job requirements, and mark a significant milestone in their lives.

Twenty graduates assembled at Clermont College to receive an award of recognition for successful completion of the GED Equivalency Diploma.

The graduates wore the traditional cap and gown to mark the importance of the event. More than 200 family members and friends were in attendance to share the celebration. Barbara Wallace, UC Clermont College, welcomed the graduates and their families.

The college plays a strategic role in the GED process. In collaboration with the Clermont County Educational Service Center, Clermont College provides space for the Adult Education classes. The college also provides the facility for the graduation ceremony.

"Our classes provide a 'Second Chance' to adults who have not completed high school," Jimmi McIntosh, supervisor, said. "Many of our students realize they can't get a promotion, the job they want, or get a college degree. Getting students inside the door is the most difficult chore. You must make a commitment not to give up - the test is not easy!"

The success of the GED program is due not only to the hard work and desire of the students to achieve, but also to the dedicated teachers. Their belief in the program combined with their encouragement and support ensures success.
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