While most students graduate from high school in four years, there are some who don’t – due to circumstances that are sometimes beyond their control. Others must once again reaffirm their credentials due to relocation or records destruction. In spite of personal and some societal barriers, many of these students struggle and succeed to obtain their HSED or GED with assistance from Omega School.
Omega School, Inc. – who have helped thousands of adults prepare for and obtain a GED/HSED credential and education over the last 45 years – is inviting the greater community to come and to celebrate the accomplishments of its most recent graduating class tonight. The GED/HSED Credential is a key access point for post-secondary education, apprenticeships or entry-level employment.
“Each student has to overcome their individual challenges that interfere with the learning process and stay focused until the complete all the GED testing,” Omega School Principal Oscar Mireles tells Madison365. “I am proud of all the students that are graduating despite all the obstacles they faced.”
Mireles, his staff, and many dedicated volunteers, along with a supporting network that includes several foundations in the Madison area, all band together and make the idea of returning to school and passing the GED or HSED exams into a reality for students every year.
Tonight, 21 graduates will receive their high school equivalency certificates from Omega School at the Summer GED/HSED Commencement Ceremony held at the Vine Church on 902 Ann Street. They will be cheered on by family and friends and encouraged by speakers like Tim Metcalfe of Metcalfe’s Market, community leader Carol Toussaint and MMOCA fundraiser Valerie Kazamias.
Generally, the students express their gratitude to their families and all the GED instructors at Omega School and bask in the glow of one of the greatest accomplishments in their lives. It will certainly not be the last.
Since 1972, Omega School has provided individualized basic skills instruction in a supportive and informal atmosphere, and by working cooperatively with other agencies and institutions, has helped thousands of adults prepare for, and obtain, a GED/HSED credential. The Omega School graduation is open to the community.