UTPA's High School Equivalency Program changing Lives

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 8:55am

People interested in improving their lives by getting their General Education Development or GED certificate are turning to the University of Texas Pan American's high school equivalency program for that opportunity, Sandra Quintanilla tells us about the program, how it works and how it's changing lives.

During a May graduation ceremony, 70 folks received their high school diplomas through UTPA's High School Equivalency Program. The free federally funded curriculum is offered to anyone 16 years of age or older who is a migrant or seasonal farm worker, rancher, fisherman or works in any other agricultural related field or whose relatives meet the criteria. Participants are also required to have at least an 8th grade comprehension level in reading, writing and math to be considered for enrollment. Once admitted, students undergo academic instruction focusing on five subjects.

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