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Wayne Post
  • FLCC graduates local GED candidates

  • Finger Lakes Community College graduated 101 students with general equivalency diplomas, or GEDs, over the past year – the highest number ever.

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  • Finger Lakes Community College graduated 101 students with general equivalency diplomas, or GEDs, over the past year – the highest number ever.
     
    Many of those graduates took part in the annual GED graduation ceremony held June 9 at the FLCC main campus in Canandaigua. Keynote speaker Brian Kolb, an FLCC alumnus and state Assembly minority leader, encouraged graduates to consider the next step in their education.
     
    Though many had taken a longer-than-usual path to get their high school equivalency diploma, Kolb said that is not uncommon. “Life happens,” he said, noting that for various reasons, including finances, he took a total of 28 years to complete his associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
     
    “There’s no set time or right time to accomplish things. What’s important is to keep on the path that’s right for you,” he said.
     
    Such was the case for graduate Matthew Callon of Macedon, whose K-12 education was frequently interrupted by illness and surgeries. His instructor, Judy Bovet-Egnor, said Callon never wasted a minute in class and continued attending after taking his GED exam. “I do not want to be out of the habit of studying,” he had told her.
     
    Callon said he considered each day in the program a step forward. “Every time I went to class, I felt like I was one step closer to my GED,” he said, adding that he now looks forward to college.
     
    Fellow graduate Melissa Van Housen of Dundee said she decided to pursue her GED several years after leaving high school because, “Life without an education has been a struggle.”
     
    After passing her GED exam, she enrolled in FLCC’s paralegal program part-time and finished her first semester in May with a 3.65 GPA. “It is never too late,” she said of her decision to resume her education.
     
    FLCC provides day and evening classes to prepare individuals for the New York State GED exam. Classes are offered at the FLCC main campus in Canandaigua and campus centers in Victor, Geneva and Wayne County as well as other sites in Ontario, Wayne and Yates counties. The FLCC GED exam pass rate is 93 percent; the average pass rate in the state is 58 percent.
     
    For information about the FLCC GED classes, visit www.flcc.edu/learningsupport.
     
    Local graduates are:
    Lyons: Jared Butters, Justin Casselman, Stephen Cayea, Allysa Henretty, Luke Peterson, Alessandra Sullivan
    Macedon: Matthew Callon, Christopher Doud, Jonathan Kent
    Marion: Richard Hilton
    Newark: Benjamin Boyd, Thomas Gravino, Sarah Jock, Rebecca Miller, Natalie Peller, Joshua Santa, Marisol Torres, Ariel Toulson and Amber Washburn
    Page 2 of 2 - North Rose: Yolanda Camarillo-Daza
    Ontario: Mallory Brooks, Marc DeHond
    Palmyra: Casandra Horn, John Javorowsky, Dalia Remauro
    Red Creek: Travis Hotaling, Christina Steurrys, Kimberly Verburg
    Savannah: Rebekah Waterman
    Sodus: Nicholas Pentycofe
    Sodus Point: Michelle Hodges
    Walworth: Jonathan Dahar, Shantelle Luety

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