by Diane VanDyke
Montgomery County Community College held its Spring GED Graduation ceremony on April 18 for 47 students who earned their General Education Diplomas at West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown.
The College’s Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jian Zhang congratulated the students on their GED achievement and encouraged them to continue their educational endeavors.
“Like Walt Disney said, ‘All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them,’” Dr. Zhang told the graduates.
State Rep. Marcy Toepel also praised the students on their accomplishment. “Your horizons are unlimited,” she said. “Your diploma is your ticket to great opportunities.”
GED Program Coordinator /Instructor Raymond Ricketts said 642 students graduated since the program started in 2006, and the graduation rate is 87 percent. The Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board funds the program, which is free to applicants and is held at the College’s West Campus.
For many students, the five-week program is the start they need to advance in their lives, especially for the student speaker Dean Potter Jr. of Pottstown.
“This course is a wonderful thing, and it makes it easier for people like me who have a job and a family to get ahead,” said Potter, who was able to go from part-time to full-time employment with his employer because he earned his GED.
Several of the graduates are already making plans for their futures. Christin Holguin, Hatfield, has enrolled for the fall semester at the College with the goal of becoming a registered nurse. Stanford Sloan Jr., Ambler, will also be taking courses in the fall in the Business Administration program.
WIB Chairman Harvey Portner, who has attended every GED ceremony since the program started, told the graduates, “This is important to me because you are important.”