ACHIEVE Program Graduates 26

September 14, 2010 at 4:34 pm

ACHIEVE Holds GED Graduation

Spartanburg, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Upstate ACHIEVE Program held its 2010 GED graduation on September 2, where 26 students from Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties received their diplomas. The students who fulfilled the program goals also received laptop computers. The ACHIEVE Program is a federal grant program, funded through the Upstate Workforce Investment Board and administered by USC Upstate. The program, which serves out-of-school youth (ages 15-21) in Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union counties, provides GED and pre-employment training to its income eligible participants

 Jane Hall, a Spartanburg County Councilmember representing District 4, was the keynote speaker. She shared personal stories and gave encouragement to each GED recipient to continue their education.

Melissa Everett of Spartanburg received the Academic Excellence Award, presented for scoring the highest score on the GED among the ACHIEVE participants. Everett has also been recognized by the South Carolina State Department of Education for scoring a GED score equivalent to ranking in the top five percent of all graduating high school seniors on a national basis. Shelby Bridges of Spartanburg was recognized by the South Carolina Department of Education for scoring in the top five percent of GED scores in South Carolina this year and was given the second academic award by the ACHIEVE Program.

The 2010 graduates include: Brandy Abernathy, Andrew Bishop, Shelby Bridges, Jason Cash, Cietria Cheeks, Areial Davis, Marcus Ellis, Melissa Everett, Connor Gilbert, Nancy Gravely, Reyes Gutierrez, Emily Harrelson, Summer Mason, Felicia Miller, James Miller, Jr., Quentin Odom, Tiyika Oglesby, Courtney Rice, Nathaniel Roberts, Tiffany Roberts, Dustin Robinson, Vincent Rosado, Rikki Searcy, Christopher Turner, Dionna Turner, and Damien Young.

The ACHIEVE Program, now in its 32nd year of service, is located in downtown Spartanburg at 325 South Church Street. For more information, call (864) 583-3154.