Moraine Park Technical College will hold its 18th annual General Educational Development (GED) and High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m.
Held in the Cyber Center cafeteria at the Fond du Lac campus, the ceremony recognizes the accomplishments of GED/HSED graduates. State Rep. John Townsend will address those gathered.
According to Sandra Huenink, Moraine Park dean of basic education, nearly 250 students completed the GED/HSED program at Moraine Park during the past year.
“To pass the GED tests, a candidate must demonstrate a level of skill that meets or exceeds that demonstrated by 60 percent of graduating high school seniors,” said Huenink. “This is an outstanding accomplishment that should be celebrated. Individuals with a GED can make $480,000 more in their lifetime than those without a GED. That averages out to earnings of $12,000 more per year.”
LowtherBrothers LLC has been selected as the Basic Education Friend of the Year and will receive a plaque at the ceremony. The Lowther brothers committed to monthly donations to the Moraine Park Foundation during the 2009-10 academic year that will help the Berlin Job Center in the Greentree Mall remain operational. Adult Basic Education and a High School Alternative Program are offered at the job center, along with services provided by other partners.
“We feel this program is important to the community,” said Mike Lowther. “And, who knows, one day one of the graduates from the program may become a tenant in the Greentree Mall. It’s a way for us to help support continuing education.”
Dr. Sharon Nevins Holmes, vice president of marketing and college advancement for Moraine Park, said of the donation, “It is through the support of individuals and organizations, like LowtherBrothers LLC, that we can provide quality services and assist students through scholarships. The Lowther brothers have been generous in their support of Moraine Park’s educational activities at the Berlin Job Center.”
For more information about Moraine Park’s Basic Education programs, call 920-924-3130.