23. June 2011 02:09
For some high school students, work, family life and other obstacles have prevented them from graduating with a high school diploma. Students at the Moraine Park Technical College General Educational Development (GED) and High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 16, overcame these obstacles to achieve the first step to educational success.
“To earn a GED, a candidate must demonstrate a level of skill that is rigorous and standardized to all graduating seniors,” said Sandra Huenink, Moraine Park dean of basic education. More than 300 students completed the GED/HSED program at Moraine Park during the past year.
“This is a milestone to celebrate and enjoy,” said Huenink. “By obtaining your GED or HSED, you have opened new doors to your future and should be proud of your success.”
Attending the ceremony was State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt, who commended the students for their hard work, “You have overcome obstacles in your life, and this hard work and persistence has paid off and will lead you to wonderful opportunities,” Thiesfeldt said.
The Friend of Basic Education Award was presented to Seth Lentz, deputy director, South Central Workforce Development Board, for his work in advocating for education. Lentz supports the educational goals of students through his work on the development board. Lentz congratulated the graduates for their accomplishments and perseverance.
For more information about Moraine Park’s Basic Education programs, call 920-924-3130.