POTTSTOWN PA – John Rafferty knows something about the value of a general equivalency diploma (GED). In a wide-ranging career that, so far, has led him to become Lower Pottsgrove‘s representative in the state Senate, Rafferty said he once worked for a millionaire investor who held – that’s right – a GED.
Which proves, Rafferty told a GED graduating class Wednesday night (April 15, 2009) at Montgomery County Community College‘s West Campus, that determined learners like themselves can succeed just as easily as his former boss.
Rafferty, whose 44th Senatorial District includes Lower Pottsgrove and Limerick (PA) townships, was the keynote speaker during a graduation ceremony for 60 adults who earned the equivalent of a high school diploma on an advanced schedule.
Some graduates, like Wednesday’s student speaker Jerrica Brendel, were forced to leave school early due to family care-giving needs. Others left to start work, and intended to return but never could. Some were drop-outs who later learned the value of completing their education. Their reasons and situations no longer mattered, Brendel said; the fact that they finished did.
The community room at the campus, 101 College Dr., was filled to capacity by friends, family members, and pomp and circumstance. The audience cheered, applauded and shouted graduates’ names as they proudly walked across the stage and shook a line of officials’ hands. “Thank you, Jesus,” one woman yelled as her daughter paraded across the stage, diploma in hand. The crowd laughed and clapped.
Montgomery County’s GED program is sponsored by the county Workforce Investment Board. For more information on local GED registration, call the college toll-free at 888-548-8480.