Staff Photo by Stephanie Cook:
Debbie Hambrick, coordinator of the adult education program, stands with Jose Juan Molina, one of 30 graduates who received their GED credentials Thursday night. Hambrick applauded Molina for continuing to return to the program after he passed his GED in order to tutor his classmates.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
By STEPHANIE COOK - Staff Writer
Thirty graduates from the Franklin County Adult Education program took part in the GED (General Educational Development) commencement exercises Thursday last week in the Franklin County High School auditorium.
"This is not a solemn and serious moment, but rather an exciting celebration," said Debbie Hambrick, coordinator of the adult education program. "Share in the triumph of this moment with your families."
Kathy Hodges, executive director of The Franklin Center and keynote speaker, encouraged the graduates to consider the evening just the beginning of their opportunities.
"Courage can take you a long way in this life," she said. "You just have to use it, and you will be astounded at what you can accomplish. You can go anywhere you want in this life. You have opened one door, but there are many more doors waiting to be opened if you are willing to work for it. And you have shown that you have a strong work ethic."
During the conferring of degrees, Hambrick recognized Jose Juan Molina for his outstanding contribution to the program. After Molina had passed his GED test, he returned on his own time to tutor and help his fellow classmates study as well.
The graduating class was one of the largest the program has had due to the changes being made to the GED tests in 2014. The tests will become computer-based, shift from five subjects to four and will rise in cost from $58 to $120.
According to Hambrick, the Adult Education Program has been expecting and advertising these changes for a while, and nine extra testing dates were held in 2013 to meet the demand for people who wanted to attempt to get their GED before the changes went into effect.
"The good news is Jan. 6, we will be open and be ready for the new test, and GED classes are still free to those 18 and over who wish to take them," said Hambrick.
Graduates receiving their GED certificates included
Samantha J. Angell, Alejandro Aparicio Hernandez, Aaron Thomas Bowman, Matthew Marshall Brown, Hilda Bueno, Eduardo Chacon Chavez, Chad Clements, Dustin J. Cook, Jonathan Crews, Nathan DeWitt, Sonia Diaz Jaramillo, Maria G. Garcia, Celia Gutierrez Martinez, Dylan Hale, David Lopez, Yedid Rubi Lopez, Ivan Noel Lopez Lopez, Markesia Manns, Antonio Amado Mendez-Garcia, Jose Juan Molina, Luis Ortiz Garcia, Maria Rodriguez, Yadira Rosales, Ruben Rosario Espana, Maricela Santiago-Ramirez, Jesus Santos, Brian Setliff, Pedro Vasquez Guzman, Margarita Vivanco Guillermo and Brian Zeigler.
After the ceremony, the graduates and their families were treated to a reception in the Law Cafeteria.