120 students recognized at CAC’s GED graduation ceremony
By Angela Askey, Director of Marketing
PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - One hundred and twenty students were recognized for completing the general education development program through Central Arizona College during the institution's GED graduation on Thurs., May 15. The honorees, who had previously not completed high school, have now earned their high school equivalency credential and are eligible to pursue college degrees.
After welcoming remarks made by CAC President Doris Helmich, and special acknowledgements from Ronny Douglass, adult basic education director at the college, Susan Willet, GED Chief Examiner at the Signal Peak Campus introduced the four student speakers; Tera Pino, Rhonda Rhodes, Catalina Rodriquez and Andrea Ruiz.
Willet stated, "For many, obtaining the GED has been a difficult journey. For many it means finally gaining employment, entering vocational training, earning a higher education degree or maybe just meeting a lifelong goal."
Pino, a member of the Gila River Indian Community described the challenges she faced. "I desperately wanted my children to see their mother as a graduate and a success," adding "I believe every single challenge I experienced has prepared me for the job I have to do."
Tera will begin classes at Central Arizona College this summer in pursuit of a special education degree.
CAC GED graduates completed a four-week preparatory course at the college before taking the GED examination. Two graduates (Michael Cicchelli and Gerardo Velasquez) were inducted into the National Adult Education Honor Society.
GED preparatory classes are offered throughout the year by CAC at no cost to Arizona residents at many of its locations across Pinal County.