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  • Students will earn GEDs at July 1 Las Artes ceremony

    Jun 22, 2016 | Read More News
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    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 1, at a 10 a.m. ceremony at Pima Community College’s Amethyst Room, 1255 N. Stone Ave. 

    Las Artes graduationTwenty-three students are expected to graduate at the ceremony, which will be headlined by keynote speaker Giavanna Pardo Miller, a 2007 Las Artes graduate who served in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011. She will be enrolling in Arizona State University later this year. From 2014 to 2016 she was stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany.  She achieved the rank of sergeant and is presently serving in the Army Reserves as a military police officer.

    Las Artes combines structured classroom study with community art projects to prepare students age 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 will be co-valedictorians Natasha Jones and Claudia Ivette Leal Villa.  

    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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