20. June 2012 10:40
For some, work, family life and other obstacles have prevented them from graduating with a high school diploma. On Thursday, June 14, these students achieved the first step to educational success was celebrated at Moraine Park Technical College’s General Educational Development (GED) and High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) graduation ceremony. Many graduates not only obtained their GED/HSED, but have solid plans to continue their education.
“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. About 250 students completed the GED/HSED program at Moraine Park during the past year with 33 participating in the ceremony.
“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 you should be proud of your success. Your journey does not stop here; always be looking for educational opportunities to continue learning.”
Jessica Wulff of Fond du Lac, who served as a student speaker at the ceremony, will continue learning this fall at Moraine Park. She is enrolled in the Engine Research and Development Technician Program and is looking forward to the next step in her education.
“Moraine Park is here to help you continue your education,” said Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president. “I was told I was not ‘college bound’ and found support in dedicated faculty and staff to believe in myself and continue to learn. If you believe it, you can achieve it,” added Ruhland.
The Friend of Basic Education Award was presented to Moraine Park’s staff of four Disabled Students Specialists. “It is truly an honor for the Disabled Students Specialists to be recognized by the Basic Education Staff
and Faculty,” said Bonnie Bauer, who supervises the Disabled Students Specialists. “We truly enjoy working in a close and collaborative fashion with the Basic Education team in supporting student success.”
GED/HSED tests will be changing starting January 2014. Anyone currently working on their GED or interested in earning a GED is encouraged to complete all five GED tests no later than December 2013. If all five tests are not completed by that time, candidates will be required to restart testing with the new GED tests. Previous scores will not carry over to the new tests in January 2014. The new GED tests will be computer-based and will continue to be administered at Wisconsin Technical Colleges. For more information about Moraine Park’s Basic Education programs, call 920-924-3130.