Columbia’s Community Impact Helps Record Number of Adults Earn High School Equivalency Diplomas

“When I saw an email from Community Impact saying they can help me get my high school equivalency diploma, I was overwhelmed with this news!” said student Fawziya Dollah.Now I can go to college to pursue my nursing career.”

More than 150 local residents that have attended the program last summer received their equivalency diploma. Participants are now eligible for new job opportunities and can further their education by enrolling in college. Interest in the program continues to build and Community Impact now has a waiting list of more than 300 people.  

“I am so proud that I got into this program. The teachers were so helpful and friendly, assisting me with everything I needed to complete the program and get my diploma,” said program graduate Jennifer Mejia,. “I recommend it to those who truly want a high school diploma to move forward with their lives.” 

For more than 25 years, Community Impact has offered its High School Equivalency Program to the local community. Each semester it runs ten classes on Columbia’s campus that are taught by work study students and volunteers from the University, including students, faculty, and administrators as well as local residents. 

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