More than 20 prospective students learned about GED and Adult High School opportunities at Edgecombe Community College recently.
The prospective students attended a College and Career Readiness Open House on Aug. 14.
For 25-year-old Cecelia Lewis, her encouragement to go back to school came in the form of her 4-year-old son who is heading to kindergarten.
“I’m about to turn 26, and it hit me that my son could finish school and his mother would not,” Lewis said. “I’ve tried three times before, but I became discouraged. My son is the best push I could have. I have to do better for him.”
Instructor LaShawnda Washington spoke to the group, providing an overview of offerings.
“Some of the individuals may have started and stopped over the years,” she said. “Whatever their reasons for returning, they are in the right place. Our instructors are here to explain the programs and find out what their needs may be.”
Shalanda Smith said she was tired of her current lifestyle and needed a real change – a change, she said, that could only come through education.
“I’ve put it off long enough, Smith said. “I need to do something different with my life, and the first step is getting my GED.”
Students interested in obtaining their GED or Adult High School diploma have the option of completing course work online or in the classroom. To achieve a GED, students must earn a cumulative points total of 2,250 with the five tests required: social studies, science, reading, writing, and math. If students have taken any official GED tests in North Carolina, South Carolina, or Virginia since 2003, their scores may still be applicable.
Students also have an opportunity to gain a Nursing Assistant certificate through the Career and College Readiness division.
“After achieving their GED or Adult High School diploma, these students will take the Career Readiness Certificate exam which will be helpful when looking for a job,” Washington said. “It’s a portable credential that is recognized nationwide by business and industry.”
After turning 21 recently, Shahiem Richardson decided it was time to return to Edgecombe Community College to work toward his GED. He said he has a new attitude.
“I moved away last year, but I’m going to stick to it this year, he said. “I like the college and the instructors, so I’ve just got to buckle down and get it done.”
Students can enroll in the GED or Adult High School program at anytime. Please call 823-5166, ext. 342 on the Rocky Mount campus or ext. 229 on the Tarboro campus.