—A total of 156 students obtained High School Equivalency (HSE) certificates this past academic year through the State
Fair Community College Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) program. They were honored May 17 at graduation exercises in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center on the Sedalia campus.
An HSE certificate is earned by passing high-school level exams in language arts, reading, math, social studies, and science. Program director is Deb Williams.
Six students were inducted into the National Adult Education Honor Society during the ceremony: Renee Dove, Green Ridge; Jacklin Justis, Clinton; Reagan Morton and Amanda Viles, Sedalia; and Ana Pleites and Elsa Rivera, Marshall.
To be eligible for membership, students must have dependable attendance, a cooperative attitude and strong work ethic while obtaining their HSEs.
Six students working toward HSE certification also obtained U.S. citizenship during the year: Martha Gonzales and Claudia Youngblood, Sedalia; Oscar Linares, Erick Quintana and Liseth Torres, Marshall; and Jhenny Wombles, Clinton.
Dr. Joe Gilgour, dean of Student and Academic Support Services, delivered the graduation message and Dr. Brent Bates, vice president for Educational and Student Support Services, welcomed graduates and guests. Graduates Amber Aunquoe, Clinton,
and Leslie Williams, Sedalia, also spoke.
AEL instructor Sande Cromwell, who is retiring this month, was recognized for 14 years of service to the program. Cromwell, Warsaw, taught adult literacy, adult basic education and adult secondary education and helped students transition to post-secondary classes, job training and employment.
Prior to teaching for SFCC’s AEL program, Cromwell taught in the public school system in Missouri for 20 years.
Members of the Sedalia chapter of Altrusa International hosted a reception after the ceremony.
SFCC’s AEL program provides classes at 23 locations in nine counties. For more information about site locations, phone numbers and schedules for upcoming classes, call (660) 596-7289 or (660) 596-7380, stop by offices in the Student Success Center in the Yeater Learning Center on the Sedalia campus or visit www.sfccmo.edu/ael