National External Diploma Program Archives

Tomeka Hudson receives her diploma from Mercy Learning Center's Jaci Coleman before friends and family.

Jessenia Rivera is a certified nursing assistant who used her maternity leave to study new skills. Jasmin Masso is a mother of four with strong math and writing skills, but no piece of paper to prove it. Tomeka Hudson worked to improve in math and now can pursue her passion, cooking, as a career.

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For Adult Graduates, A High School Diploma At Last

WEST HARTFORD —— Nessa Newman’s seven children are grown. At 57, she is a certified nursing assistant and live-in caretaker in town.

But for decades, Newman dwelled on a missed opportunity. Her parents were farmers in their native Jamaica, and too poor, she said, to pay for her education. Newman never got a high school diploma.

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