This year, Carroll Community College is celebrating its 25th year as an independent college, first having begun as a branch of Catonsville Community College. Over the years, the college has literally grown from the ground up, adding buildings, programs and students.
Now, a year later, Wetzel has gotten her GED and officially completed Carroll Community College’s Adult Education Program, allowing her to walk in the diploma recognition ceremony on Friday night, Oct. 19.
In addition to classes that prepare students for the high school equivalency exam, Raiana Mearns, the college’s manager of the Adult Education Program, said the college also offers a class to teach English to those who speak other languages.
“Those are our two primary programs that we have over here,” she added.
Mearns said students in the GED prep program take the classes and then once they’re ready, they register to take the GED exam, which is given at the community college. The test can take up to eight hours, she said. It focuses on language arts, social studies, math and science, she said.
There were 23 students planning on walking Friday, she said.
How long someone is in the prep program depends on the person because some people are just brushing up, but others still have a lot of information to learn, she said. They run four 10-week sessions every year, she added.
“A student can stay with us as long as they need to,” Mearns said.
And, she added, they’re low pressure and students can move at their own place.