More than 100 Indian River State College High School and GED Preparation graduates participated in the Adult Secondary Education Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, May 24, in the McAlpin Fine Arts Center at the IRSC Main Campus, 3209 Virginia Avenue, in Fort Pierce. Commencement speaker Dr. Alfred Williams, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Fire Science, 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. Dr. Kelly Amatucci, Assistant Dean of the School of Education, explains, “Students enrolled in IRSC Adult Education program shave 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, 33 students received scholarships totaling $35,000.
Kendy Campusano received the Ann Polk Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a student majoring in education, early childhood education or nursing. Campusano has earned an Associate in Arts degree from IRSC and is in the process of applying for the registered nursing program at IRSC.
Along with the 33 students who received scholarships, 13 members of the Class of 2018 were inducted into the National Adult Education Honor Society. Raheem Brown, Treasa Cornwell, Megan Crews, Jonathan Crofford, Devin Ferguson, Vianet Dominguez Gonzalez, Barbara Gaal, Benjamin Hanner, Liliana Martinez De Colon, Noah Pulido, Gloria Salazar, Rita Salazar and Kurt Wagner were selected by faculty for outstanding cooperation, attendance, perseverance and self-reliance in the 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.