The excuses are over.
The GED® diplomas have been awarded and nearly four dozen individuals from this area are moving forward with their lives.
Commencement ceremonies were held Thursday, May 2 at the Emmetsburg Campus of Iowa Lakes Community College.
Jason A. Plantz, Spirit Lake, was the featured speaker for the GED® portion of the ceremony. Plantz shared that he got the motivation to complete his coursework because he wanted to be a good example for his own children.
Statistics show that many agree with Plantz’s philosophy.
Personal satisfaction, securing employment and being a positive role model are all listed as reasons people say they want to complete their GED®. This achievement is often a stepping stone to a career – or to starting a college program of study.
“This is a ‘second opportunity’ for adults who were unable to complete their formal high school diploma,” said Lisa Washington, Adult Education and Literacy Coordinator.
Washington reports that those with some determination can receive assistance at all campuses of Iowa Lakes to study for the test.
She also says ‘now’ is a good time to complete a GED®.
“We know there are individuals who have started the work toward their diploma and we don’t want to allow that effort to be wasted,” Washington said.
That’s because the testing system is getting a facelift soon.
“Effective December 31, 2013, the GED® testing is changing from traditional paper and pencil testing to online testing. Therefore, those people who have completed some of the testing requirements – but not all – must finish by the end of 2013 or they will have to begin the whole process again – included test they already completed,” Washington said.
“It’s time for the update but I want to emphasize to everyone that if you know someone who has started taking the set of tests, that it will be important to finish the work by the end of this year,” Washington said.
She also encourages others who have been ‘dragging their feet’ to stop at an Iowa Lakes campus and learn how the college can help them identify the best learning method for each of them.
“As more research is completed, we realize that individuals learn in different ways,” Washington said.
Iowa Lakes Community College has been a leader in helping to identify the ways in which people learn through a survey called the Learning Styles Analysis.
“You may call any Iowa Lakes Community College site and ask for the Success Center – they will be able to help you,” she said.
Jason A. Plantz was the featured speaker for the High School Equivalency commencement exercises at the Emmetsburg campus of Iowa Lakes Community College on Thursday, May 2.