Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and Tribal Councilors Keith Austin and Daryl Legg helped celebrate 72 graduates from the tribe’s adult education program during a special ceremony held Sept. 19 at the Cherokee Casino Tahlequah Chota Center.
The Cherokee Nation celebrated 72 graduates from the tribe’s adult education program during a special ceremony Sept. 19 at the Cherokee Casino Tahlequah Chota Center.
Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and tribal councilors Keith Austin and Daryl Legg helped honor the graduates. Participants who completed the program and passed the GED high school equivalency test were awarded diplomas at the reception.
“This is a celebration of what our Cherokee Nation citizens have accomplished,” Warner said. “Education is a lifelong journey, and no matter what road you’ve taken to be where you are today, you should never give up, no matter what your story is. I’m proud of each and every one of our citizens for completing this program, and I look forward to seeing what they will accomplish in the future.”
Mark Pritchett of Tahlequah was one of the program graduates. In March, the company where he had worked for 23 years went out of business, so he became involved in the tribe’s program while looking for future job prospects.
“Nowadays you need a GED for any job,” said Pritchett, 41. “I’m a truck driver by profession, and even some of those need a GED. I am just so grateful for the program and for the people who work there. They are very helpful and they put you at ease throughout the program.”
The Cherokee Nation adult education program allows participants to study subjects like math, reading and writing at their own pace until they are ready to take the high school equivalency test.
The Cherokee Nation adult education program is administered by the tribe’s Career Services department. The tribe provides GED instruction at multiple locations throughout its 14-county jurisdiction with options for morning, afternoon or evening classes. Testing is available at Pryor, Sallisaw, Stilwell and Tahlequah.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the achievements our Cherokee citizens have made,” said Diane Kelley, the Cherokee Nation Career Services’ executive director. “Our adult education program is one of the most rewarding opportunities provided by the Cherokee Nation, and it is always the best feeling to see the next group of graduates donning their caps and and gowns for this celebration.”
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.
KXMX News Staff
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