Forsyth Tech Celebrates Graduation Of GED® And AHS Students

Ceremony To Be Held May 20, Wait Chapel, WFU, 7:30 PM

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (May 18, 2010) – Forsyth Tech will celebrate the graduation of 293 students from its General Educational Development (GED®) and Adult High School (AHS) programs on Thursday, May 20, at Wait Chapel on the Wake Forest University campus at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony will feature a commencement address by Mayor Allen Joines who is a powerful advocate for the creation of an educated and skilled workforce as a way to rebuild the local economy.

The graduating class includes 224 GED® students, 33 of whom will graduate with honors, and 69 AHS students.

Dr. Gary Green, President of Forsyth Tech, is proud of this year’s GED® and AHS graduates. “The students who are receiving their GED® and AHS diplomas this week are exceptional examples of the importance of never giving up on an educational goal, no matter how long it takes to achieve it. We’re pleased that these students chose Forsyth Tech to help them complete this significant milestone in their lives.”

Nearly half of this spring’s GED® graduates suffer from Irlen Syndrome, a perceptual disability that makes words dance on the page because of the way the brain interprets black print against a white page. These graduates passed their GED® by using simple, colorful plastic sheets—provided by Forsyth Tech— that they placed over the printed page to correct the problem. Forsyth Tech was the first community college in North Carolina to test for Irlen and provide treatment. Of the 2,015 candidates who came through Forsyth Tech’s GED® orientation sessions in 2009, 890, or 44 percent, needed color overlays.

The GED® testing program, offered by all community colleges in North Carolina, awards a high school equivalency diploma to students who pass all five GED® tests. AHS is a distance learning program that emphasizes individualized instruction in core courses required by the public school system along with electives offered by a community college. Students who complete this program successfully receive an AHS diploma.