■ Area students graduated this spring from Fort Lewis College in Durango. Katherine Ames of Delta earned a degree in elementary education, Samuel Fulton of Delta earned a degree in mathematics, Adjoa Hursey of Rifle earned a degree in art-graphic design option and Jackson Parsons of Grand Junction earned a degree in business administration.
■ Connor Meredith, a 2015 graduate of Palisade High School, graduated with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Meredith has been accepted in the doctoral studies of mathematics program at the university and will begin that program in the fall.
■ Bailee Campbell of Paonia/Grand Junction was named to the dean's honor roll for the 2018–19 school year at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
■ McKenzie Lauren Shawcroft of Grand Junction earned an education specialist in school psychology degree this spring from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.
Library covers cost of GED exams
Students who are enrolled in preparatory classes for General Education Development (GED) exams through Mesa County Libraries can have the cost of their exam covered if they successfully complete the classes and meet certain conditions.
The library announced the new program as enrollments open for fall GED prep classes that begin Aug. 12. Mesa County Libraries offers prep classes in all four subject areas: math, social studies, science, and reasoning through language arts.
The program is offered through the library at no charge to Mesa County residents, although students have been responsible for fees associated with the subject exams at the end of instruction.
The GED exam typically costs students $150 for all four subjects. To reduce the financial barriers, the library is offering to cover the cost for students who qualify. Students must remain in good standing by regularly attending prep classes, taking the required assessments, and successfully completing the GED Ready Practice Test.
The preparatory program is funded through a federal Adult Education and Family Literacy Act grant of $100,000 per year, which has enabled the library to hire several part-time instructors dedicated to GED classes and to provide instructional materials for students. The current grant, administered in cooperation with the Mesa County Workforce Center, lasts through June 2020.
The new program covering the cost of qualified students' GED exams is funded through a grant of $5,000 from United Way of Mesa County. The program will be in effect as long as funding is available.
Prospective students must be 17 years of age or older, be residents of Mesa County, and have a library card from Mesa County Libraries. Call the Mesa County Libraries Literacy Center at 683-2443 for information.
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