Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Clatsop Community College's 2014 GED Graduation will honor nearly 100 students at a ceremony on June 9 at 6p.m. in the Columbia Hall Community Room (Columbia 219), 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria. The ceremony recognizes students who passed the GED exam and earned a high school equivalent credential during the past year.

Featured speakers will include Carlie Joy, a previous Clatsop Community College GED graduate, 2014 Medical Assistant graduate and Ford Scholarship recipient; and Teresa Alonso Leon, a previous GED graduate who now serves as Oregon's State GED Examiner. The ceremony will be followed by a reception in Columbia Hall where light refreshments will be served. Families, friends and the public are invited.

Teresa Alonso Leon is the first person of her family to graduate from college. She received her B.A. at Western Oregon University and earned her Master's Degree in Public Administration at Portland State University. She has been recognized by the Portland Business Journal, The Oregonian, Portland Community College and Lane Community College among others for her leadership and work to inspire and motivate students to stay in school, earn their GED and continue in post-secondary education.

The GED is a battery of four tests (Tests of General Educational Development) that when passed, serves as an equivalent to a high school diploma. It is accepted by 98% of colleges and universities that require a high school diploma as well as 96% of companies whose jobs require a high school degree. About 20 million people have earned a GED since its inception

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