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Sept. 21, 2012
HCC celebrates GED success stories during Literacy Month
WELDON, N.C. – The General Educational Development (GED) Program is one part of Halifax Community College’s (HCC) Literacy Education Program. 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 and there is no registration fee. On-campus classes operate under managed enrollment. Students are able to enroll in the Learning Lab on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. In order to be considered actively enrolled in the program, students are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours per week. Students are able to enroll in off-campus classes on the days the classes meet.

Each year, Literacy Month is celebrated during the month of September, and this year is no different. For people who want to improve academically, get a promotion, enroll in a college program, help children with homework, build self-esteem or more fully participate in new industries coming to the area, this is the time to explore HCC’s Literacy Education Program.

Graduate Brandon Banks of Roanoke Rapids decided to pursue his GED and completed the program in July 2011. He wanted to better his life, strive for excellence and show his son that it is important to get an education.

Being at school on time was Banks’ most difficult challenge, but with dedication, he was able to finish the program. He encourages those who are thinking about the GED program to do it for themselves, not anyone else. Although his family was very supportive as were the HCC instructors, Banks did run into some people who were negative about his efforts, but he did not let that stop him.

Now, Banks is enrolled at HCC in the business administration program and plans to transfer in the future to Universal Technical Institute in Charlotte. He is keeping his options open and expressed that attending HCC for his GED was the “best decision I ever made.”

GED graduate Emmanuel Alston Jr. of Roanoke Rapids enrolled in the HCC program right after leaving high school. He was very motivated to earn the credential and completed it in November 2011. He said that it was a smooth transition for him into the HCC GED program.

A member of the HCC PRIDE male mentoring program, Alston noted that the GED program was worth the effort and he encourages anyone thinking about enrolling to do it. “Education is a valuable thing,” he added. “Every day is a new possibility to learn something new.”

After putting in the effort, working with the HCC instructors and receiving support from his family, Alston is now enrolled in HCC’s associate in arts transfer program. He plans to transfer to North Carolina A&T University or North Carolina Central University.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Educational Development (GED) are two components that comprise the community college’s Literacy Education Program. Goals include providing convenient and accessible classes, both on and off campus, for adults who need to improve academically and reducing functional illiteracy by providing a core curriculum of reading, writing and math skills.

The college has an open-door policy of continuing education for everyone who has the need and desire to learn. Adult Basic Education/GED classes are free. When students meet GED testing requirements, new GED students are required to pay a one-time fee of $25. For returning GED students, the GED Examination Fee will be determined by the number of GED tests taken prior to July 1, 2011.

HCC is a licensed GED test center open to those interested in registering for the exam. However, before students are able to register for the GED examination, they must meet testing requirements. 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.

For more details on the Literacy Education Program, call Tamba O. 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.
Brandon Banks	Emmanuel Alston Jr.
Brandon Banks            Emmanuel Alston Jr.
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Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, templem@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Interim Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., rhoadesd@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239