Thirty-five graduates received their GED June 7th at Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Elizabethton. They were surrounded by close to 200 family and friends.
The Johnson and Carter County Adult Education program has had much success over the past three years. Over 710 students have been served, and over 260 of these students have been awarded their GED/HiSet (High School Equivalency) diplomas. Since their graduation, almost 70 students have become employed, 80 students have been able to stay employed and 25 graduates have gone onto post-secondary schools at universities and technical schools. Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Elizabethton and Northeast State Community Colleges were recognized for all their efforts and support with the GED/HiSet testing.
Several foundations and organizations have contributed to the literacy council to help students pay for their portion of the testing fees for the past two years. These include: The Foundation Fighting for Rural Education, Carter and Johnson County commissioners, city councils, Johnson County Economic and Community Development, and Carter Country Tomorrow. Governor Haslam’s work with recent passed appropriations to assist students with the cost of the test was also acknowledged.
Guests at the event not only included family and friends of the graduates, but representatives from both Carter and Johnson County School Board and central office, Elizabethton and Mountain City council members, Carter and Johnson County commissioners, both city and county mayors and members of Carter and Johnson County sheriff’s department, Tennessee State Representative Timothy Hill, Northeast State Community College Adult Education partners, TCAT-Elizabethton, Workforce Development Complex, AB & T, past teachers and adult education staff.