Approximately 121 Indian River State College High School and GED Preparation graduates participated in the Adult Secondary Education Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, May 25, at 6:00 p.m. in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center at the Main Campus in Fort Pierce. Commencement speaker Ann L. Decker, Executive Director of IRSC Foundation, addressed the graduates with inspirational remarks about their educational journey and career paths.
Many of these graduates will continue their education in one of IRSC’s certificate or degree programs. As Dr. Kelly Amatucci, Assistant Dean of the School of Education, explained, “Students enrolled in the IRSC Adult Education program have the opportunity to simultaneously begin their career while completing their high school credential. Ongoing support is provided through mentoring and career inventories. Financial support is also available for students in need who would like to register for college courses.”
Students in the IRSC High School program earn high school credits in traditional and online courses, while students in the GED Preparation program progress at their own pace to review high school subjects prior to taking the GED® exam.
The IRSC High School and GED Preparation programs award thousands of dollars per year in scholarships through the IRSC Foundation Inc., and this year, 30 graduates from the Class of 2017 will be awarded scholarships.
Tara Lynn Olson is the recipient of the Ann Polk Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a student majoring in education, early childhood education or nursing. Olson has already earned her Associate in Arts Degree from IRSC and is now pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
Along with the 30 graduates receiving scholarships totaling over $35,000, twelve members
of the Class of 2017 will be inducted into the National Adult Education Honor Society. Terri Archer, Makayla Blandford, Michael Capo, Alexis Combs, Andrea De Alto, Ashley Gallagher, Charlene Hampton, Hunter Howells, Heidi Jackson, Lesli Johnson, Darren Schuster and
Nicholas Steen were selected by faculty for outstanding cooperation, attendance, perseverance and self-reliance in the IRSC High School and GED Preparation Program.
In addition to GED Preparation, IRSC Adult Secondary Education also offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. For more information, call the IRSC Call Center at 1-866-792-4772 or visit http://aecp.irsc.edu.