The Adult Education program at Chattahoochee Technical College celebrated graduates of the High School Equivalency (HSE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs with a ceremony held Thursday, June 16, at the college’s Appalachian Campus in Jasper.
Chattahoochee Tech President Dr. Ron Newcomb congratulated each one of the 83 graduates crossing the stage at this event. Delivering the keynote address by way of a video presentation was Malcolm Paschall, the college’s 2022 winner of the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education. Paschall, a Chattahoochee Tech graduate who began his educational journey by earning a GED, currently serves as an instructor and clinical coordinator for the college’s Radiography program.
Included among the HSE graduates at this year’s ceremony was Bradley Scott Proctor, of Pickens County, who works as a custodian at the Appalachian Campus, with plans to continue his college education at Chattahoochee Tech. His father, Scott Proctor, recently graduated from Chattahoochee Tech with an Associate of Applied Science degree and works as a Technology Systems Support Technician at the Appalachian Campus.
The Chattahoochee Tech Adult Education program offers free HSE exam preparation classes for students who didn’t finish high school. A high school equivalency is a recognized alternative to a high school diploma. The college’s Adult Education program also offers free English as a Second Language classes, as well as business soft skills classes. These classes help students learn the skills needed to complete their high school equivalency, attain citizenship, go to college, or find a job. Learning centers are available in Bartow, Cherokee, Gilmer, Paulding and Pickens counties, with day, evening and online classes available at most centers.