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      Darlington County Adult Education graduates 55

      Press Release - Darlington County's Adult Education Program held graduation Tuesday, May 25, 2010, in the St. John's Elementary Auditorium.

      Fifty-five individuals, ranging in age from 17 to 54, participated in the ceremony. Over 500 friends and family members packed the facility to share in the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2010.

      Included among the graduates were a brother and sister pair; a father, his daughter and his sister; and at least one budding romance. Fifty-two students were GED recipients, while three earned high school diplomas.

      Although Darlington County's Adult Education program awarded nearly 250 Work Keys employability credentials during the year, only eleven individuals throughout the entire district attained the highly coveted GOLD level certificate, the highest credential available. Four of those eleven crossed the stage Tuesday night.

      Recognizing that earning a high school credential marks the beginning, not the end, of their respective journeys, a number of Tuesday's graduates have already enrolled in courses at Florence-Darlington Technical College, Francis Marion University, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, and Everest University Online.

      Adult Education graduates have plans to become automotive and diesel mechanics, lawyers, electrical technicians, educators, nurses and other health care professionals, law enforcement officers, mechanical engineers, cosmetologists, bricklayers, photographers, chefs, bakery owners, dental assistants, computer programmers, artists, and floral designers.