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HCC GED graduates complete credentials in spring semester

The General Educational Development (GED) Program, part of Halifax Community College’s (HCC) Literacy Education Program, has graduated a number of students this academic year. For the summer/fall 2009 sessions, the GED Program had a total of 54 graduates. For the spring 2010 session, the program boasts a total of 34 graduates.


Dennis Barton, Samuel (Percy) Clowney, Brandon Coffey, Patrick Hastings, Divante Lee, Sade’ Logan, Joshua Medlin and Ian Stricklett are among the most recent GED graduates.


Graduate Sade’ Logan of Roanoke Rapids found the program extremely beneficial. Originally from New Jersey, Logan knew she needed employment and could not find it without earning a high school diploma.


“I also wanted my baby to know that his mom had a high school diploma,” explained Logan. “I learned a lot more in math and reading through the program. The teachers are nice and they work with you really well.” Having just marched in HCC commencement exercises on Saturday, Logan plans to continue her education at HCC, earning a cosmetology license and then pursuing the associate degree nursing curriculum to become a registered nurse.


The college has an open-door policy of continuing education for everyone who has the need and desire to learn. Any adult, 18 years or older, may enroll in classes that are open-entry, open-exit. Adult Basic Education/GED classes are free. When students meet GED testing requirements, they pay a one-time testing fee of $7.50. Students retesting in writing are required to pay $2.50.


HCC is a licensed GED test center open to those interested in registering for the exam. The GED exam offers high school equivalency credentials to individuals who did not obtain a high school diploma. Five subject areas including language arts/reading, social studies, science, language arts/writing and mathematics are tested. Preparation can be completed at the HCC Learning Lab on the main campus or at the Adult Basic Education/GED off-campus sites. Students who successfully complete the exam are awarded a high school diploma equivalency from the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges.


A new GED Series will begin January 1, 2012. This means that current examinees must finish the 2002 series by Dec. 31, 2011. Scores for the 2002 series will no longer be valid after the Dec. 31 date. For more details on the GED Program or the new GED Series, call Tamba Thompson at (252) 536-7235, Therman Taylor at (252) 536-6362, Tiffany Hale at (252) 536-6342, Brenda Cousins at (252) 536-7240 or George Holley at (252) 536-6395.


 GED Grads
The General Educational Development (GED) Program at HCC has graduated several students this spring semester. Pictured above from left front row, Brandon Coffey, Joshua Medlin, Patrick Hastings, Dennis Barton; second row, Ian Stricklett, Divante Lee, Sade’ Logan, Samuel (Percy) Clowney; third row, Dean of Continuing Education Vera Palmer, Literacy Skills Specialist Brenda Cousins and  Literacy Skills Specialist George Holley.