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KCSD celebrates adult ed graduates during ceremony

Posted: June 11, 2013 3:38 p.m.
Updated: June 12, 2013 5:00 a.m.
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Adult education graduates pictured top to bottom, left to right with Adult Education Director Weyland Burns are: (Back row): Kyle McCammon, Michael Portee, Se’Quan Summerson, Carl Teasdale, Hank Branham, Howard Hunt, Luis Mata, Joseph Sellers and Josh Truesdale. (Front row): Fhadajah Linton-Brown, Leah Wilson, Martha Ammons, Brooke Bradwell, Katie Christian, Jennifer Fuhrer and Crystal Thorpe.

More than 70 adult students received their GEDs or high school diplomas from the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Adult Education program this year.

This year’s graduating class has more than twice as many graduates as last year, Adult Education Director Weyland Burns said. In 2012, there were 33 “completers,” he said. Students can earn a GED or high school diploma up until June 30, Burns said. Students graduate throughout the year and are invited to the graduation ceremony in May. Students are also invited to an awards event that takes place each May to celebrate the achievements of those who have earned work readiness certificates and completed English as a Second Language requirements.

KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan and State Rep. Laurie Funderburk both spoke at the graduation ceremony held in the Gilbert Woolard Auditorium at Applied Technology Education Campus. Graduates Brook Bradwell and Howard Hunt also spoke at the ceremony.

Katie Christian was chosen as the Superlative Student. Christian showed perseverance, patience, punctuality, good attendance and overall dedicated work ethic, Burns said.

Martha Ammons was awarded the first-ever Central Carolina Technical College one-year scholarship for earning the highest GED award. Ammons was described as “extremely hardworking, patient and has tons of stamina,” by Adult Education teacher Laury Wehunt.

Kyle McCammon received a $1,000 James L. Anderson Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a student who will pursue a post-secondary education.

In addition to the increase in GED and diploma holding-citizens in Kershaw County, more than 130 career readiness certificates were issued this year. Career readiness certificates ensure that certificate holders have the “foundational, behavioral, and attitudinal skills that employers demand,” according to the South Carolina Work Ready Communities website. Burns said the certificates indicate that more and more Kershaw County residents will have the “nationally recognized credential” that is becoming a requirement for employment.

 “(This) is significant for Kershaw County because it means there are more Kershaw County citizens one step closer to gaining a job, entering the military or college, or seeking other job training opportunities,” Burns said. “The hard work and persistence of these students has been greatly appreciated by the Adult Education staff; and I appreciate the precision and dedication of teaching and support services required to attain these results. A 100 percent increase of completions in one year is tremendous growth.”

Burns said the new GED, to be enacted in January 2014, will be more complex. The Adult Education program is preparing for the “core curriculum” changes through its professional development services and hopes to become a GED testing center by August, Burns said.

Anyone interested in participating in the KCSD Adult Education program should call 425-8980.

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