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HCC GED graduates total more than 50 in last sessions

WELDON, N.C. – The General Educational Development (GED) Program is one part of Halifax Community College’s (HCC) Literacy Education Program. For the summer/fall 2009 sessions, the GED Program had a total of 53 graduates.  


Rosanna Elliott (Gaston), Brock Lilly (Littleton), Dustin Paluszka (Roanoke Rapids) and Darrell Sanders (Roanoke Rapids) are among the most recent GED graduates.


Elliott was homeschooled and has a high school diploma. However, she needed official transcripts to be admitted to HCC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training program that starts in late January. Director Wes Terry told her about the possibility of earning GED credentials to satisfy the requirement. So, she enrolled in the program and quickly completed it.


“I want to be in law enforcement and pushed hard to finish the GED program,” said Elliott. She plans to gain more training during her career and ultimately become a crime scene investigator/detective. Elliott said that the support she received from the instructors while in the program was the best part. Director of Literacy Education Tamba Thompson was her hero. “She pushed me to never give up,” Elliott said.


An EMT for three years, she works part-time with Halifax County EMS and Eastern Medical Transport. Elliott also volunteers with Jackson Volunteer Rescue Squad and is on the Seaboard Volunteer Fire Department.


“There’s nothing like running into a burning building. ...I love it,” she said. She plans to continue working with EMS, fire and police departments in the future.


“If people are on the fence about starting the GED program, they really need to weigh what they want to do in life. They won’t get anywhere without a GED or diploma,” she advised.


“I want to thank the GED lab staff for helping me,” she said. Elliott needed a little extra help with math, so another GED graduate, Christopher Scott Coley, helped her. Elliott credits that extra help from Coley as what she needed to finish the program. Literacy Education staff members strongly believe that students are the best recruiters.


The college has an open-door policy of continuing education for everyone who has the need and desire to learn. Any adult, 18 years or older, may enroll in classes that are open-entry, open-exit. Adult Basic Education/GED classes are free. When students meet GED testing requirements, they pay a one-time testing fee of $7.50. Students retesting in writing are required to pay $2.50.


HCC is a licensed GED test center open to those interested in registering for the exam. The GED exam offers high school equivalency credentials to individuals who did not obtain a high school diploma. Five subject areas including language arts/reading, social studies, science, language arts/writing and mathematics are tested. Preparation can be completed at the HCC Learning Lab on the main campus or at the Adult Basic Education/GED off-campus sites. Students who successfully complete the exam are awarded a high school diploma equivalency from the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges.


A new GED Series will begin January 1, 2012. This means that current examinees must finish the 2002 series by Dec. 31, 2011. Scores for the 2002 series will no longer be valid after the Dec. 31 date. For more details on the GED Program or the new GED Series, call Tamba Thompson at (252) 536-7235, Therman Taylor at (252) 536-6362, Tiffany Hale at (252) 536-6342, Brenda Cousins at (252) 536-7240 or George Holley at (252) 536-6395.


The General Educational Development (GED) Program at HCC had a total of 53 graduates for the summer/fall 2009 sessions. Pictured above from left, HCC Literacy Skills Specialist George Holley, Director of Literacy Education Tamba Thompson, Brock Lilly, Dustin Paluszka, Literacy Skills Specialist Brenda Cousins and HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr.