Students earn equivalency diplomas

More than 60 graduates from McDowell Education Center will receive their high school equivalency diplomas next week.

Sixty-four graduates who have taken classes at McDowell will be recognized during a 7 p.m. ceremony May 24 at the Judson Erne Auditorium at Columbus North High School, said Andrea Quick, director of the McDowell Education Center. However, Quick said the final number of people receiving their diplomas could go up if more individuals take the test before the ceremony.

Quick said three graduates are expected to speak.

“It is very inspiring and humbling to hear their stories,” she said.

She said the majority of people working to earn their high school equivalency diplomas are between the ages of 18 to 24, many of whom come from different walks of life and personal situations. Most graduates are able to complete classes in six weeks at the center, which also partners with the local Indiana WorkOne office to provide certifications in welding and other specialized fields.

Quick said the test is rigorous, and many enrolled adults also have families and jobs to deal with.

“There is a misconception that it is easy to do,” she said. “They have a lot of challenges to face, yet managed to attend classes.”

McDowell can also help individuals with transitioning to post-secondary education.

The center offers morning classes from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and afternoon classes from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Classes also are provided in the evening from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the center, which also offers English language learning courses.

Information: 812-376-4451.

McDowell Education Center graduation

When/where: 7 p.m. May 24 at Judson Erne Auditorium in Columbus North High School, 1400 25th St.

What: At least 64 McDowell Education Center expected to receive high school equivalency diplomas.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or