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High School Equivalency Grads Honored

More than 200 Wake Tech students fulfill dream


  High School Equivalency Grads Honored

RALEIGH, N.C. (December 11, 2017) - More than 200 Wake Tech students fulfilled a dream tonight when they turned the tassels on their graduation caps, signifying that they have earned the equivalent of a high school diploma. A ceremony was held on the Southern Wake Campus for graduates of Wake Tech’s High School Equivalency Preparation (HSEP) and Adult High School (AHS) programs.

The ceremony honored 184 HSEP graduates and 29 who earned AHS diplomas (for students who need five or fewer credits to graduate).

Mohamed Ndir was one of several students who shared their stories. He came to the U.S. from Africa in 2016. He thought it would be easy to earn the GED, but after struggling with social studies, he sought help in Wake Tech’s tutoring center. He passed his final test in November, and says he is thankful for the support he received: “I wouldn’t be where I am without the help of my parents, my brother, and the advisors, who were always behind me.” Ndir is continuing his studies at Wake Tech in pursuit of a degree in Business Administration.

Anthony Caison, vice president of Wake Tech’s Workforce Continuing Education division, encouraged graduates to keep pursuing higher education. “We are so proud of you, but don’t stop here,” Caison said. “Take advantage of this momentum and continue to achieve even greater goals.”

Wake Tech has more HSEP and AHS graduates than any community college in North Carolina. Among the 184 HSEP graduates are 39 graduates of the federal HEP program, for seasonal and migrant farmworkers, which is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Wake Tech’s Career and College Readiness program is based at the college’s Beltline Education Center, at 3200 Bush Street in Raleigh. Learn more at ccr.waketech.edu.