MCTC Adult Education Program to Honor GED Graduates

Maysville, KY (May 22, 2012) Maysville Community and Technical Colleges Adult Education Program will host a GED graduation ceremony on June 2 at 2:00 p.m. in the Fields Auditorium on MCTCs Maysville Campus.

The program is celebrating over 125 graduates from Bracken, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas, and Robertson counties. Each county will recognize a specific GED graduate. One individual will also receive the Lillian H. Rice GED Scholarship to attend MCTC.

Over the years we have had people as old as 70 and as young as 16 complete the GED through our program, said Program Manager Bill Teegarden. The highlight of each graduation is listening to the graduates share the challenges they have faced and thank the people in their lives who have helped them reach this point.

Regina Smith is a Fleming County resident who completed the program in November of 2011.

I was leery about enrolling in the adult education program at first, said Smith. I thought I was too old. I have since realized that no one is too old to go back to school.

Smith will receive her GED diploma on June 2 and is currently pursuing a degree in Office Systems Technology at MCTC.

Gera Bramel of Mason County will also be graduating from the adult education program in June with career plans to become a drug and alcohol counselor.

It has not been easy, said Bramel, but my kids have kept me going. All of my instructors have been so helpful and have been willing to do whatever it takes to help me succeed. It is important for anyone going back to school to not give up.

MCTCs Chief Academic Officer Dr. Juston Pate will present special certificates of achievement to the graduates. A tribute in songs will be performed by Jacob Sartin of the Lewis County Adult Education Advisory Council, Harriet Groh, president of the Mason County Adult Education Advisory Council, and Laura Stacy, a student of MCTC.

We like to give the graduates the experience of walking across the stage, said Teegarden. It reminds me of the reason I go to work each day.

The ceremony is free and open to the public with a reception following.

For more information about the GED graduation ceremony or MCTCs Adult Education Program contact Bill Teegarden at 606-759-7141 extension 66261.