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ADVISORY: GED program graduating unprecedented 114 students


WHAT:          An unprecedented 114 students who passed the General Education Development (GED) Test and received their New Jersey High School Diploma in the last year will be honored during


During the program's first year (2007-08) there were 19 GED graduates. This year's total – in addition to being more than five times that first year's total – breaks the record set last year with 94 graduates. Altogether, over the four years, the program has helped 261graduates earn their high school diplomas.



WHEN&        6 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2011.

WHERE:        Civic Hall auditorium, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus, Camden County College, College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road, Gloucester Township.



DETAILS:     Approximately half of Camden City's residents don't have a high school diploma. In response, the College established a daytime adult basic skills program focusing on GED preparation. This program uses an innovative seven-phase approach to instruction that meets the academic needs of every student in a family-like, supportive atmosphere.


The program runs at CCC's Camden City Campus in the morning and afternoon and on the Blackwood Campus at night. More than 700 students enrolled this year.


Speaking will be Camden graduate Jonathan Class, who entered the program as part of his efforts to change his life, and Blackwood graduate Barbara McBride, who raised her children before pursuing her lifetime goal of earning her high school diploma.


In addition to the College's students, additional GED graduates from the Camden County One-Stop Career Center will be honored at the ceremony hosted by the College.



TO COVER:  Contact Susan Coulby, media relations manager, by telephone at 609-605-0874 (cell).

Published: June 28, 2011