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  • Thirteen students will earn GEDs at July 10 Las Artes ceremony

    Jul 08, 2015 | Read More News
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    Thirteen students who have battled economic hardships, faced the challenges of parenting and spent time homeless will pick up their General Education Development (GED) certificates from Pima County’s Las Artes Arts & Education Center Friday, July 10, at a 10 a.m. ceremony at Dunbar School Auditorium, 325 W. 2nd St. 

    Las Artes graduationLas Artes combines structured classroom study with community art projects to prepare students ages 17-22 for the GED tests. Their murals, ceramic tiles and other artwork can be seen across Pima County. 

    The Las Artes graduate who is a new mother tried to complete the program before giving birth, but wasn’t able to pass all four of the GED’s exams. She took a six-week maternity leave, then came back to pass the two remaining exams in just four weeks.

    Another graduate had to take some time off to address his homeless situation. His Las Artes case manager referred him to a homeless shelter, where he spent a number of days, before eventually moving in with a relative.  When his situation was stabilized, he returned to Las Artes and completed his last 16 weeks with perfect attendance.

    Qualified case managers coach and counsel students on a variety of issues ranging from language barriers to anger management to legal intervention so they can be more succeesful in the classroom.

    The keynote speaker for the ceremony is Jayedon Archie, valedictorian of the most-recent Las Artes graduating class. He’s currently working with the City of South Tucson Courts through a work experience program with SER Jobs for Progress. He plans on attending Pima Community College in the fall. 

    Las Artes is a program of the Pima County Community Services, Employment and Training Department. Located at 23 W. 27th St. in South Tucson, the program began nearly 20 years ago and has helped more than 500 students obtain their GED. For more information, please visit Las Artes online.