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Pima CC Celebrates National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week with High School Equivalency (HSE) Graduation to recognize students’ achievement

September 20, 2021

Tucson, AZ – Pima Community College Adult Basic Education for College and Career (PCC ABECC) will host this year’s High School Equivalency (HSE) Graduation during National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. For Friday’s celebration, graduates will participate live and the event will be streamed on YouTube for family, friends, fellow students, and community members to watch live.

  • What: Pima Community College Adult Basic Education for College & Career celebrates High School Equivalency Graduation
  • When: 6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24
  • Where: The event will be livestreamed on YouTube. Closed captioning provided.

The ceremony acknowledges the achievement of HSE graduates from all across Pima County, including those who prepared for the GED(R) test at Pima Community College and Pima County’s Court Alternative Program of Education (CAPE) program. The event will include remarks from HSE graduates Isaac Thompson, Isabella Marie Lamb, Jennie Barber and Giovani E. Hernandez. Isabella Lamb says, “I can speak from personal experience in saying that getting your GED may be challenging, but through Pima's Adult Education program, you will never be alone.”

PCC ABECC is partnering with the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) and the Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning (AALL) to celebrate National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, September 19-25, 2021. This is the second year that PCC has hosted HSE Graduation during National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. However, this is the first year that City of Tucson Mayor Regina Romero has issued a proclamation making it Adult Education and Literacy Week in Tucson as well.

To recognize the accomplishments of adult education students, Pima Community College will showcase student success stories from PCC ABECC, PCC Refugee Education Program (REP), and other students around Arizona on ABECC social media:

Adult education programs in Tucson and across the nation serve adults who need to improve their basic literacy and math skills, improve their oral and written English, obtain a high school equivalency diploma, and prepare for postsecondary education or training.

PCC’s Adult Basic Education program provides basic skills instruction in reading, writing, math and English, high school equivalency preparation, Refugee Education, English language instruction, and Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (IBEST) serving thousands of students every year. For more information on PCC’s GED/HSE preparation classes and testing, contact 520-206-7330 or go to



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