The Blinn College District recently recognized 35 students who earned their General Educational Development (GED) diplomas with a graduation ceremony at the Blinn College-Bryan Campus Student Center.
“We are extremely proud of these students and all the dedication and hard work that went into this accomplishment,” Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Program Director Mary Pace said. “Many of these graduates worked full time while pursuing their GED and we are excited for their next steps and continued professional success.”
The graduates include: Marcella F. Aguilar (Bryan), Amanda D. Alvarez-Ortiz (Bryan), Shania Atkinson (College Station), Eddie Barrera (Bryan), Paula E. Blackmon (Bryan), Aureliano Carpio (College Station), Raymond Case Luces (College Station), Lora Clark (Wheelock), Sean Conroy (College Station), Christian Craddock (College Station), Donovan Dula (College Station), Byron Goss (Brenham), Dillon G. Haile (Caldwell), Addison Hensley (Burton), Tammi R. Hudgens (Hempstead), Elizabeth Johnson (College Station), Oscar E. Manzano (Bryan), Alyssa M. Martinez (Bryan), Jose Rangel Mercer (Bryan), Christopher Mills (Navasota), Russell Jay Moffett (Snook), Jonathan Perkins (College Station), Martin Ramon (Bryan), Tyler M. Reagan (Caldwell), Cole Reynolds (Anderson), Brandon Ward Rittman (College Station), Lorena Roman Aragonez (Bryan), Devin Schroeder (Bremond), Tierra Smith (Bryan), Brittany N. Toscano (Montgomery), Cado S. Traylor (Brenham), Griselda Areseli Tumax (College Station), Jesse Lee Wilborne (Bryan), Drakkar Workman (Bryan), and Claudia E. Zavala (College Station).
With funding support from the Brazos Valley Council of Governments, Blinn’s Adult Education Program provides courses at no cost for individuals who are at least 16 years old years old and lack a high school credential; want to enhance their basic reading, writing, or math skills; or want to improve the ability to speak, read, or write English.
“With all the jobs now needing diploma equivalents, I wanted to better my education and knowledge. I also have a big family, so I need to be able to provide better income for them,” said program graduate Drakkar Workman. “Going through the Blinn program has been a wonderful journey. From the teachers to the front office, everyone pushed me in a good way. They were very motivating and supportive.”
Workman plans to expand his options even further by enrolling in Blinn’s CDL Truck Driving Program.
“I always had a small passion for driving trucks, so the time is actually now to do it,” he said.
Funded by the Brazos Valley Council of Governments and offered in partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission and nonprofit agencies, Blinn’s AEL Program offers services in Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Robertson, and Washington counties, including:
- GED preparation;
- English as a second language (ESL) courses;
- integrated education and training, with hands-on career training in certified nurse aide, fundamentals of construction, and business and customer service;
- and digital literacy courses that cover computer skills, web conference calls, email, word processing programs, spreadsheets, and slide presentations.
Students can attend classes at Blinn’s Post Office Center in Bryan, on the Brenham Campus, or remotely via Zoom video conferencing software. Scholarships and GED vouchers are available for eligible students and daytime and evening classes are available.
For more information, visit www.blinn.edu/adult-education or call 979-209-7300.
(Story courtesy Richard Bray, Blinn Information)