Cherokee Nation graduates 110 from GED program




2017 GED recipients through the Cherokee Nation Adult Education Program.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation celebrated 110 GED graduates from the tribe’s adult education program.
Participants who completed the program and passed the GED test were awarded diplomas at a special reception on Sept. 14 at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.
“Earning a GED is an accomplishment that will undoubtedly lead to a better and brighter future. We are proud of these Cherokee Nation citizens, just as they should be proud of this educational achievement,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Education is a lifelong journey, and not every student takes the exact same path. The road is not always easy, but that makes finishing even sweeter because each individual who earned that GED showed an internal commitment that will serve them well going forward.”
Cherokee Nation citizen Paige Anderson, of Pryor, plans to pursue certification as a veterinary assistant in January after receiving her GED. Anderson said receiving her GED through the tribe was extra special for her.
“It is a huge relief for me to get my GED and do it through the Cherokee Nation, because I’m really proud of my heritage,” Anderson said.
The Cherokee Nation Adult Education Program allows participants to study subjects like math, reading and writing at their own pace until they are ready for the GED test. The tribe provides GED instruction at multiple locations throughout its 14-county jurisdiction and GED testing at Pryor, Sallisaw, Stilwell and Tahlequah.
The Cherokee Nation Adult Education Program is administered by the tribe’s Career Services department.
“This program is one of the most rewarding programs to watch over the years,” said Career Service Executive Director Diane Kelley. “I’m so proud of these individuals for accomplishing their goal, and our department will continue to work with them as they start the next part of their journey.”
The program serves citizens of federally recognized tribes within the 14-county jurisdiction who are 16 years of age or older.
For more information on the adult education program, call the Career Services Learning Center in Tahlequah at 918-458-0577.

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