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Pima Community College’s East Campus Student Services Center and PCC Adult Education are collaborating to help students cover fees for high school equivalency certificate testing.

  • What: High School Equivalency Testing Scholarship Fundraiser
  • When: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., May 23 and 24, 2014
  • Where: Community Room and Student Mall, PCC East Campus 8181 E. Irvington Road
  • Cost: Free admission; other prices vary
  • Contact for more information: Denise Turner, deturner@pima.edu or 206-7424.

In Arizona, to earn a high school equivalency (HSE) certification, you must pass all four of the GED Testing Service exams, which cover science, social studies, math and language arts. You can schedule all of the exams on the same day or take each exam as you are prepared. In January, the fee set by the testing service and state of Arizona increased to $35 for each exam, raising the cost to complete the testing from  $100 to $140. PCC does not charge additional testing fees.

Of the approximately 6,000 PCC Adult Education students, approximately 3,600 are pursuing a HSE certification. At East Campus each academic year, 75 students are enrolled two Adult Education classes.

“I work with a number of students who have continued their education following their successful HSE completion,” Turner said. “These students begin their college courses with a track record of determination, commitment and success.”

The two-day fundraiser offers a silent auction, bake sale, craft sale, sale of gently used treasures, a cake walk, kid-friendly games, music and more. It is intended to be a fun, family-oriented community event.

Denise Turner, a Student Services Advanced Specialist at East Campus, said organizers hope the event nets at least $5,000. She said donations are coming in steadily for the various sales that are part of the fundraiser.

“I think the most important point of the entire event is that every student is a Pima student, regardless of the campus where they attend classes or the program they are enrolled in,” Turner said. “The event is a collaborative effort to break down barriers and unite programs, campuses, community and people for a common, invaluable cause.”

To make a tax-deductible monetary donation to PCC Adult Education, go to www.pima.edu/foundation and click on “Donate online.”

To learn more about earning a high school equivalency certificate in Arizona, go to www.azed.gov/adultedservices/general-ed-development.

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