MCC program sets standard

Special to the QCS

General Education Development (GED) has become an important part of the services provided by Mesalands Community College. And the program at Mesalands has become a model for all other institutions in New Mexico to follow.

New Mexico Adult Education Association (NMAEA) has bestowed its highest honors upon Mesalands Community College for the College’s exemplary efforts in providing educational services to non-traditional or adult students. Known to many as the Educational Services Center (ESC) at Mesalands, many adult learners seek assistance in a number of Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs aimed at helping them advance their education and obtain other skills, including completing their GED.

Christine Dougherty, Director of Educational Services along with members of her staff received the NMAEA Program of the Year Award during its annual convention this year.

“At this point in time we have served 330 people in all our programs which include: GED, ESL, Literacy and Citizenship, and we expect to serve around 400 people by the end of this program year,” said Dougherty.

This year there were 39 students graduating from the Mesalands program with their GED, although fewer chose to participate in the graduation ceremonies, because several students completed as much as a year earlier and circumstances made it difficult for them to return for the ceremony. The speaker at the graduation ceremony was Tucumcari Mayor, Mary Mayfield, a GED graduate herself, who went on to graduate from college.

For information about the GED program visit Mesalands Community College at 911 S. 10th Street or call 461-4413, extension 139.