SFCC Celebrates 100 Students Earning a High School Equivalency Certificate (HSE)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Santa Fe Community College will celebrate 100 students who successfully completed their High School Equivalency exams in the Adult Education, Academic and Career Education (ACE) program.

The celebration will be held Wednedsday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Jemez Rooms at SFCC, 6401 Richards Ave.

In addition to completing their High School Equivalency requirements, seven HSE graduates participated in YouthBuild and are learning Green Building skills. Four HSE graduates completed the I-BEST program and earned college certificates in Early Childhood, Home Health Aide or Culinary Arts.

The program will include remarks SFCC President Randy Grissom and HSE graduates Raymond Pena, Victor Medina and Israel Benitez, who were selected by their teachers to speak about their experiences in their journeys to earning their HSE certificates.

The SFCC Academic and Career Education (ACE) program helps students prepare for their HSE credential. Students prepare for the GED or HiSET exams to fulfill requirements for the HSE set by the state of New Mexico.

“It’s hard work passing the High School Equivalency exams,” said SFCC Academic and Career Education Coordinator Lynne Matthes. “Our graduates, many of whom work and have families to support, have sacrificed a lot to be able to walk in this graduation ceremony.”

For more information contact the Adult Education ACE Program at 505-428-1356, or lynne.matthes@sfcc.edu.


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