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  • Students earn GEDs at March 4 Las Artes ceremony

    Mar 01, 2016 | Read More News
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    Students who have battled economic hardships, faced the challenges of parenting and spent time homeless picked up their General Education Development (GED) certificates from Pima County’s Las Artes Arts & Education Center Friday, March 4, at a 10 a.m. ceremony at Dunbar Auditorium, 325 W. 2nd St.

    Twenty-nine students – the most in several years – were at the ceremony, which was headlined by keynote speaker Andy Lopez, longtime coach of the University of Arizona baseball team. Lopez spent 14 years at the UA, where he guided the Wildcats to two World Series appearances and the 2012 national championship.

    Las Artes Graduation - March 4, 2016
    Las 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. 

    Qualified case managers coach and counsel students on a variety of issues ranging from language barriers to anger management to legal intervention, which enables the students to be more successful in the classroom.

    Also speaking at the ceremony were co-valedictorians Gabriel Garcia and Sergio Centeno. Both scored the highest in their respective classes on their GED exams. 

    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.

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