GED Students Get Essays Published

(Bradenton, Fla., June 11, 2008) - Three students in Manatee Community College's (MCC) general education (GED) test preparation program have essays in "Opening a New World: A Collection of Essays by Florida's Adult Learners," a book published by the Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) Inc.

Students in MCC's program whose works were published are Roselyn Lugo, a Sarasota resident; Jack Whitaker, Bradenton; and Adam S. Carothers, Nokomis. The book includes selected short stories, poems and autobiographical narratives submitted by students throughout the state in response to the FLC's Fourth Annual Adult Learner Writing Campaign.

The purpose of the annual campaign is to build confidence in adult learners and improve their reading, writing and critical thinking skills. The book also is used to promote GED programs and awareness of their positive influence within communities.

Successful completion of the GED test is the nationally recognized equivalent of a high school diploma. MCC offers free classes and counseling at MCC Bradenton, MCC Venice, the MCC Traffic Safety Institute in Sarasota and Girls Inc., 201 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. GED test scholarships are available to students who qualify.

For more information about MCC's GED program, call (941) 752-5203 in Bradenton; or (941) 408-1412 in Venice. 

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