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  • Newest Las Artes graduates heading to college, careers

    Jan 31, 2014 | Read More News
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    Mechanical engineer. Firefighter. Forensic psychologist. Surgical technician. Cosmetologist. Chef. Pharmacist. Law enforcement officer. Neonatal nurse.

    The young people who celebrated their graduation from Pima County’s Las Artes Arts & Education Center and their GEDs on Friday have big dreams.

    Good for them. Good for their community.
    Ramon Valadez
    “Success takes family,” Pima County Supervisor Ramón Valadez, District 2, said to a Pima Community College auditorium full of the graduates’ cheering supporters. “Success takes friends. Success takes a community.

    “These young people have shown that they are capable of this success.”

    After running into obstacles at other schools, the new graduates said that they are much closer to realizing their dreams than they would have been without Las Artes, which Valadez said was “one of the most successful GED programs in the state of Arizona.”

    Most now plan to attend Pima Community College.

    “The staff actually cared for us and held us accountable … and treated us like adults,” said Danny Gonzalez, who hopes to become a pharmacist. “They made us realize the potential we had.”
    Robert Hall Jr.
    “To deny second chances is to deny humanity,” said Robert Hall Jr., who got a perfect score on the GED math test.

    Hall thanked the Board of Supervisors for supporting adult education and giving him “a way to prove that I have and can still learn from my mistakes.”

    Students at Las Artes, a program of the Pima County Community Services, Employment and Training Department at 23 W. 27th St. in South Tucson, work on community art projects, which teaches them the discipline they need for school, work and life. They learn to be on time, show up every day, follow directions and do their best. Then they spend several weeks studying academic subjects in preparation for the general educational development tests.
    Cesar Chavez
    Las Artes students’ murals, ceramic tiles and other artwork can be seen across Pima County – most recently installed in a wall at the South Kino Parkway entrance to the UA Bio Park. One of their murals – of César Chávez – hangs in the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C.

    More than 500 Las Artes students have obtained their GEDs since the program began nearly 20 years ago.

    For more information, please visit Las Artes online.