HSE graduation set for June 29

Graduates of the high school equivalency program at Scott Community College’s West Davenport Center will be celebrating on June 29 with a traditional cap and gown graduation ceremony at the River Center in downtown Davenport The ceremony begins at 6 p.m.

graduation cupcakesThe ceremony honors the efforts of the graduates and provides their friends and families an opportunity to celebrate their success. It is a particularly emotional event with graduates who made the choice and put in the hard work to earn their high school diploma. A total of 60 students will be included in this year’s ceremony.

In a typical year, graduates range from their late teens into their 50s or 60s. Students choose to complete the program for a variety of reasons. A job search is near the top of the list but quite often people do so simply for the personal satisfaction of earning that high school diploma.

The High School Equivalency program is comprised of national tests in five areas of Language Arts – Reading, Language Arts – Writing, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.

Students are provided free tutoring to help them prepare for the tests, including practice tests. There is a fee for each of the five official tests.

The instruction is provided at Scott Community College’s West Davenport Center, part of the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. The center is located at 2950 Fairmount Street, next to the Davenport Public Library’s Fairmount Street Branch. At more than 19,000 square feet in size, the center includes classrooms, a nurse aide lab, a fully-equipped cooking lab, computer labs and public meeting space.

Programs at the center include Continuing Education, Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language and High School Equivalency, among others.

Similar programs are also held at the EICC’s Clinton and Muscatine Community Colleges. For more information about the high school equivalency program go online to www.eicc.edu/hse or contact the West Davenport Center at 563-328-7690.