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  • Students will earn GEDs at Oct. 28 Las Artes ceremony

    Oct 19, 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 Las Artes graduationArtes Arts & Education Center Friday, Oct. 28, at a 10 a.m. ceremony at Pima Community College’s Amethyst Room, 1255 N. Stone Ave. 

    Twenty  students are expected to graduate at the ceremony, which will be headlined by a congratulatory address by South Tucson Mayor Miguel Rojas and keynote speaker Desiree Kimberly, a 2015 graduate of Las Artes. Kimberly facilitates workshops with Pima County’s End Poverty Now initiative that are part of the “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting’ By World,” developed by poverty expert Phil DeVol. 

    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 students Francisco Calderon, Emilio Caraveo and Delilah Wambolt. 

    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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