People don’t complete high school for many different reasons. However, hundreds attend Catawba Valley Community College’s adult education program each year in order to “finish what they started.”
Those who succeeded in doing so include more than 20 individuals who chose to participate in a graduation ceremony recently the college held recently in their honor.
“These students overcome incredible obstacles to complete their high school credential,” said Chanell Morello, CVCC’s executive director of Learning & Personal Enrichment. “It’s amazing what they achieve.”
Asked why earning their Adult Secondary Credential, which includes Adult High School and High School Equivalency like the GED®, nearly all of this year’s graduating class did it to continue their education to get promoted at their current job, increase their chances of getting better jobs or continue their college education.
A number of students volunteered to speak at the graduation ceremony held in the college’s Tarlton Complex. All of them shared what it meant for them to attain this credential and future plans. All of them thanked family members as well as their instructors for their support.
Graduates who elected to be recognized during the ceremony include Nancy Elvira Arellano-Gallegos, Hickory; Joleen Ann Beckham, Stony Point; Morgan Diane Boehm, Hickory; Rubin Rickey Booker, Lenoir; Maria del Carmen Castillo, Newton; Savannah Jean Childers, Newton; Alexis Clifton; Hickory; Amanda Lynette Collins, Lenoir; Lindsay Audrey Houston, Mooresville; Brooke Lail, Hickory; Anthony Lipford, Granite Falls; Alexius Shonte’ Mills, Taya Moore, Hiddenite; Catawba; Nathan Dante Reese, Sherrills Ford; Brandy Ellen Riley, Newton; Stephanie Malia Rinehardt, Hickory; Vivian Schwab, Claremont; Juan Segura-Catalan, Hickory; Whitney Amber Shoup, Cherryville; Jessica Keith Sumpter, Taylorsville; Keyara Desiree Traylor, Conover; Steffinny Vang, Hickory; Amairani Virgilio-Valdez, Hickory; Brandon Shane Wade, Hickory; Porshea Lashae Wilfong, Hickory; and Quinton Eklin Williams, Catawba.
For more information about obtaining an adult secondary credential, contact Jean Spencer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 828.327.7000, ext. 4353.