Students graduate from Adult Basic and Literacy Program

This year’s ABLE graduates.
More than 200 Clermont County residents earned a “second chance” this June.

The Clermont County Educational Service Center celebrated its twenty-fifth annual graduation ceremony for the Adult Basic and Literacy Program (ABLE) on June 5 at Clermont College.

During the 2011-12 program year 137 people took the GED test and 109 received their GED Equivalency Diploma.

The Adult Basic and Literacy Education Program provides a “second chance” opportunity for adults to receive their high school credentials.

The GED Equivalency Diploma will allow those adults to continue their education at post-secondary institutions, help their children with homework, meet new job requirements, and mark a significant milestone in their lives.

Twenty-five graduates assembled at Clermont College to receive an award of recognition for successful completion of the GED Equivalency Diploma.

The graduates wore the traditional cap and gown to mark the importance of the event. More than 200 family members and friends were in attendance to share the celebration.

Dean Gregory Sojka, UC Clermont College, welcomed the graduates and their families. The college plays a strategic role in the GED process.

In collaboration with the Clermont County Educational Service Center, Clermont College provides space for the Adult Education classes. The college also provides the facility for the graduation ceremony.

Jimmi McIntosh, Supervisor, said, “Our classes provide a “Second Chance” to adults who have not completed high school. Many of our students realize they can’t get a promotion, the job they want, or get a college degree. Getting students inside the door is the most difficult chore. You must make a commitment not to give up – the test is not easy!”

The success of the GED program is due not only to the hard work and desire of the students to achieve, but also to the dedicated teachers.

Their belief in the program combined with their encouragement and support ensures success.