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State board to offer three equivalency exams

Colorado’s Department of Education announced earlier this month that it signed contracts with vendors for three high school equivalency exams, offering residents seeking a diploma equivalent a few different options not before available.

Only one high school equivalency exam existed for nearly 50 years, the General Educational Development test, or GED. Now, Colorado will add two more choices on top of the GED, the HiSET and TASC.

The state board directed staff to enter into contract agreements with vendors of these two alternate options back in December of last year, and recently Commissioner Rich Crandall finalized deals with all three. CDE-approved testing centers may choose to administer one or more of the high school equivalency exams at their discretion.

Those centers that choose to offer the HiSET or TASC, those exams are not expected to be available for another three-to-six months as vendors finalize agreements with the testing centers, and required security parameters are met. Vendors are responsible for working directly with CDE-approved testing facilities to coordinate the administration of the exams.

Governor names April 29 ‘College Friday’

In an effort to increase awareness about the importance of higher education, Gov. John Hickenlooper continued the tradition launched by College In Colorado in 2006, by recently proclaiming Friday, April 29, as “College Friday.”

On the occasion, all Coloradans are encouraged to wear apparel from their alma mater or favorite college to work or school to support students on their path to college. This year, College In Colorado — a campaign initiated by the state’s Department of Higher Education to promote access and affordability to college — anticipates more than 300,000 participants statewide.

“By 2020, 74 percent of jobs in Colorado will require some form of postsecondary education,” Dawn Taylor Owens, executive director of College In Colorado, said in a news release. “As a community, we need to remind our Colorado students that higher education is necessary and achievable, and that we are supporting their future dreams.”

College In Colorado is working with state institutions and local student groups to provide campus visits on College Friday. These visits provide an opportunity to students who may not otherwise get to visit a college campus in person, and can be very impactful for them in deciding to go to college and visualizing themselves on campus.

CMC sets Summit graduation date

Spring commencement ceremonies for Colorado Mountain College students in Breckenridge and Dillon will take place on Friday, May 6, at 5 p.m. in Keystone.

This year’s commencement celebrates graduates earning associate degrees, certificates of occupational proficiency, general equivalency diplomas, and, for the fourth year, bachelor’s degrees. The commencement speaker will be Auden Schendler, vice president of sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company. He will be joined by graduating student Jen Trimble.

A light reception will follow the graduation ceremonies from 6-7 p.m. at the same location, the Keystone Conference Center, at 0633 Tennis Club Rd. For more information, contact Ronda Westhoff at: (970) 989-1320.

—Compiled by Kevin Fixler

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