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News: CEC Students Celebrated At PCC Main Campus

The Pasadena City College Community Education Center (CEC) will celebrate its achieving students this week in its 26th annual graduate luncheon on Thursday at Creveling Lounge.

The celebration will recognize approximately 60 students who have completed their high school graduation requirements or passed general education development tests. Awards will be handed to 38 students and 12 will be receiving scholarships. All will be ready to move on to PCC's regular curriculum or other higher education institutions.

In addition, Sergio Sotelo, the Dean of Instruction and Student Services at Santa Ana College and a former CEC instructor, will be the lunch's guest speaker.

“Many of our students fell through the cracks or are immigrant students who are professionals but are unable to find a good job because they don’t have a high school diploma,” said CEC counselor Blanca Hernandez-Henderson. “The CEC is a stepping stone for them. We also try our best to give them some of the high school experience they missed out on.”

PCC’s Associated Students pays for the luncheon while The PCC Foundation will provide the students with caps and gowns. The students will later participate in PCC’s commencement ceremony and attend Grad Night at Disneyland.

According to Hernandez-Henderson, the goal of the CEC is to provide non-credit educational training and programs for the community. The Center doesn’t charge tuition or fees for its non-credit classes, however the students must cover books and parking at the center, which is located at 3035 Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena.

The CEC offers non-credit English as a Second Language (ESL), adult basic education, GED Preparation, short-term vocational programs, cosmetology and credit health science classes.

­“I have been a counselor at the CEC for 27 years and believe me, it is gratifying to help students achieve their educational goals, transition to our main campus in a credit program and succeed,” Hernandez-Henderson said. “The CEC is truly a blessing for our community.”

Release Date: 04/24/2013
Contact: Sara Medina , Public Relations Writer
Phone: (626) 585-7315
Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu