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On June 23, Sandhills Community College’s College and Career Readiness department held its 2022 High School Equivalency Graduation Commencement ceremony for students who earned their GED® or HiSET® diploma during the 2021-2022 program year. Forty-nine graduates were recognized.

The ceremony was led by Nicole Worley, director of College and Career Readiness, assisted by Yvonne Petersen, Chief High School Equivalency Examiner and CCR Coordinators Isabel Cain, Beckie Kimbrell, and Deb Sikes.

The guest speaker was Isabel Cain, Sandhills Community College’s College and Career Readiness coordinator. Cain spoke about her experience as a GED® recipient at Sandhills. She has earned two associate degrees and many certifications at Sandhills before returning to work with others like herself as a CCR coordinator. Cain worked to implement a U. S. Citizenship Preparation Class. She left graduates with these words of wisdom from Denzel Washington, “Without commitment, you’ll never start, but more importantly, without consistency, you’ll never finish.”

Each year, two outstanding graduates, one from Moore County and one from Hoke County, are awarded the Sam and Hazel Petty Scholarship. These two awards are accompanied by a $250 scholarship. David J. Ruffin was presented the Moore County award by his instructor Roger Bone. Ola Sabla was presented the Hoke County award by her instructor Jason Crutchfield.

High school equivalency classes are free, offered days and evenings, in person and online in both Moore and Hoke counties. For more information, visit or contact Beckie Kimbrell for Main campus at [email protected] or 910-695-3779, Isabel Cain for the Robbins Center and English Language Acquisition classes at [email protected] or 910-246-4975, or Deb Sikes for Hoke County at [email protected] or (910) 848-4300.

Fall Semester

The 16-week curriculum/college credit semester and first eight-week session begin on August 15. The second eight-week session begins on October 12. Students can take a mix of full-semester classes alongside eight-week sessions.

Apply to attend SCC from the link at and apply for financial aid if assistance is needed. To receive funds in hand to pay fall semester tuition, the FAFSA should be submitted by July 14. After that date, applications will still be accepted, but completion by July 14 assures that the FAFSA will be processed in time.

Continuing Education classes begin throughout the semester, with most skills and technical courses starting in August. Financial assistance is also available for these courses. Call 910.695.3980 for information or to register for classes.

Feature photo by Sandhills Sentinel Photographer Melissa Schaub.


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