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By Julie Loar
Special to The SUN
Many family members and friends gathered Friday, May 31, as four students graduated from the Alternative High School Diploma Program that has been offered through Southwest Colorado Community College.
Sable Baxstrom, Mayzie Burton, Hannah Matzdorf and Mireya Ortega received diplomas. The program is rigorous and all the students worked hard.
In addition, six students received GED certificates: Jessie Elledge, Christopher Nelsen and Petra Torres were on hand to receive their certificates. Rebecca Gregg, Deborah Loewen and Dill McKee also successfully completed the program, but were not present.
Everyone at the Archuleta County Education Center shared in the achievements of the students; 58 students came through the GED program this year, showing that making the grade is a big accomplishment.
Thursday, May 30, marked the end-of-year celebration for participants in the English as a Second Language program at the center. Students were awarded certificates based on their hours in the classroom, as well as on their improved proficiency in English based on administration of post-tests. Thirty-three students from five countries participated in ESL at the education center this year and many cross-cultural friendships have been formed.