Finger Lakes Community College held a ceremony to celebrate 103 students that earned high school equivalency diplomas in the last year through FLCC’s free adult basic education program.
Several students spoke about their reasons for leaving high school and enrolling at FLCC to get their diploma.
Crystal Hartman, of Waterloo, passed an online exam for a GED diploma three years ago, assuming it would meet the degree requirements for her dream job as a corrections officer. She applied for a position and learned that what she earned didn’t count, because it was from another state.
“As I still wanted a job as a corrections officer, I had to sign up for high school equivalency classes and pass the test in New York state,” she said.