Sixty men and women are on their way to a brighter future. They graduated from the Social Development Commission’s (SDC) GED/HSED program.
The graduates were formally recognized for completing 16 weeks of coursework and testing. A standing room crowd of family and friends filled the Richards Street National Guard Armory to cheer on the graduates for their achievements.
One person among those who earned their diplomas was Dequana Bostick. The 27-year old Milwaukee woman discovered earlier this year as she enrolled in another SDC program that the GED she had earned from another institution was not valid.
She was disappointed but gritted her teeth and enrolled in the SDC GED/HSED program where she passed her tests.
She also earned a Certified Nursing Assistant’s certificate and has enrolled in MATC for the Nursing Program and will begin classes in January.
Dequana is typical of adults who, for one reason or another, did not complete their high school education the first time around and came back to enroll in the GED/HSED program.
At the graduation ceremonies, Dr. James Campbell of MATC congratulated the graduates but urged them not to stand still but to keep moving forward in their educational and job goals. Ariel Williams was the class representative who echoed that thought in addressing her fellow graduates.
The GED/HSED Program is a part of SDC’s Education and Training Program. To learn more about it or to find out how to register for classes, go to http://www.cr-sdc.org/Programs/GEDHSEDTesting.htm on the SDC website.