Sense of accomplishment at GED graduation ceremony

On May 31, 14 students throughout East Central Minnesota earned their GED.
On May 31, 14 students throughout East Central Minnesota earned their GED.

On Friday, May 31, 14 students throughout East Central Minnesota were added to the list of over 15 million others who have earned a GED since it was first offered in 1942.

Local graduates included Denise Addison, Rachel Atkinson, Adam Cook, Austin Fisher, Steven Kies, Lauren Lattergrass, Amber Lawrence, Tyler Lundstrom, Candice Mobley, Tyler Nagle, Amber Nyquist, Heidi Ollestad and Jesse Scarborough.

Commencement speakers were Rebecca Perrotti, Workforce Development Advisor for Central MN Jobs and Training Services and GED graduate, Steven Kies. Gary Hawkins, Cambridge-Isanti School Board member, and the GED instructors presented each graduate with a Certificate of Achievement.

People from all walks of life have left high school for many different reasons and have gone on to earn a GED. The GED test was designed during World War II as a way for veterans to get a high school equivalency certificate without going back to high school. Approximately 6,000 Minnesotans earn their GED each year.

Earning a high school credential is a stepping-stone toward college, a better career, and family-sustaining wages so graduates recognize the significance of this accomplishment.

“Because we live in a country where second chances are available, I’m able to finish high school with this GED and go on to school this fall at Anoka Ramsey Community College,” said Steven Kies, student speaker. “Get your education. It’s worth it.”

In January 2014 a new version of the GED test will be released which will be more costly and computer-based. Getting your GED is one of the best things you can do for your future, and there’s even more good reason to do it in 2013.

For more information about the Adult Basic Education/GED program, contact Vicki Ostrom at 763-689-6228.