POTTSTOWN PA – Seventy-seven Pottstown area students were awarded general education diplomas last month during graduation ceremonies at Montgomery County Community College’s West Campus community room, which overflowed with happily applauding family and friends.
Graduating from the rigorous five-week program gives many students a sense of accomplishment, as well as a desire to continue their education, according to Yolanda Sills of Pottstown. The 32-year-old mother of four tried three times before passing her final exam.
Next, she said, “I will be a college student. I am going to pursue a liberal studies degree until I decide what I want to do.” Others continuing their education included Paige Wasniewski of Pottstown, who will start classes in January for a career in sports medicine, and Nickia Ford-Oquendo of Pottstown, who is enrolled in the culinary arts program.
President Dr. Karen A. Stout congratulated the students, praising their tenacity and determination.
“You make some of the best role models for (the college) because you have grit,” Stout said. “Grit is one of the most important non-cognitive skills necessary to achieve success. It means using your passion to accomplish your goal, in this case your GED. But, it doesn’t end … with commencement. Continue your education, so you will have access to … a job that provides a living wage. We are proud of your grit.”
GED Program Coordinator Raymond Ricketts said 735 students have graduated since the program started in May 2006. The county Workforce Investment Board funds the program, which is free to county students and held at the West Campus. The fee for out-of-county students is $100, which includes the GED test.
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