The Adult Education program at Chattahoochee Technical College celebrated 153 graduates with a commencement ceremony held Saturday, June 17, at the college’s Appalachian Campus in Jasper.
These graduates included students who crossed the stage to receive their High School Equivalency (HSE). A high school equivalency is a recognized alternative to a high school diploma. Students who received English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction along with Integrated Education and Training (IET) graduates also were honored at the Chattahoochee Tech Adult Education commencement ceremony.
“This event is the highlight of our year,” said Chattahoochee Tech Director of Adult Education Chris Hord, “to see what our students have accomplished, and to see them move on to bigger and better things.”
Delivering the keynote commencement address was retired educator Sherry Martin of Pickens County, who shared an inspiring account of earning her GED many years ago. “All of your life experiences make you who you are, or who you will become,” said Martin. “What you do with it is up to you. But no matter what happens, no one can ever take your education away from you.”
The Chattahoochee Tech Adult Education program offers free High School Equivalency preparation and ESL classes, with learning centers in Bartow, Cherokee, Gilmer, Paulding and Pickens counties. The exams used to determine high school equivalency include the General Educational Development (GED) test and The High School Equivalency test (HiSET).