Wake Tech Holds GED and Adult High School Graduation
RALEIGH, N.C. (May 17, 2011) - There were joyful cheers and emotional tears at Wake Technical Community College's spring graduation ceremony for more than 300 students receiving their GED or high school diploma through the college's Adult High School (AHS) program. Of the graduates, 291 received the GED and 23 received diplomas. "I was always a good student, until high school," said AHS graduate Joe Calvin Brueck. Brueck dropped out lacking only three credits to graduate and says he was too embarrassed to go back. "I discovered Wake Tech's Adult High School program, and was welcomed into a class with people just like me," he told the standing-room-only crowd.
"When I was in the 7th grade, I gave birth to my first child," said GED graduate Portia Sanders. Sanders gave up on school, worked in hair salons, but always wanted something more for herself and her family. Now that she has her GED, she plans to start in Wake Tech's Certified Nursing Assistant program in the fall.
Wake Tech Dean Susan Payne encouraged graduates to continue their education. "Research shows you will need at least one year of post-secondary education to earn a good living," she said. Payne provided graduates with a list of scholarships available to them to help them continue their studies at Wake Tech.
Each year Wake Tech's Adult High School and GED programs have as many graduates as a large public school in Wake County. About 800 students received their GED or Adult High School diploma through Wake Tech in the 2010-2011 academic year. Graduation ceremonies are held each fall and spring. Graduates included migrant workers who completed their GED through the High School Equivalency Program (HEP), funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.