Adult Education Program at OCtech Graduates First TASC Completer in S.C., 26 Receive Credentials
You could say Dominique Rynes stayed on TASC.
The 23-year-old Orangeburg woman is the first to complete the Test Assessing Secondary Completion – or TASC – in South Carolina. She also earned the Distinguished Achievement Award for her mathematics score on the TASC.
The TASC national high school equivalency assessment evaluates five subject areas – reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies – based on what current students need to know to pass high school tests. It measures examinees’ levels of achievement relative to that of graduating high school seniors and career and college readiness standards.
The Adult Education program at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College began offering the TASC in April, Adult Education Director Dr. Renee M. Ritter said.
“Students in our program can now choose between the GED or TASC tests to assess their competency in high school subjects,” she said. “We are excited that Dominique has become the first student in South Carolina to complete the TASC since the state implemented its use.”
The TASC differs from the GED in that it is available in both paper-and-pencil and online versions. Its design allows for the gradual transition from essential Common Core state standards to a deeper depth of knowledge. For more information about the TASC, visit www.tasctest.com.
Rynes joined 25 adult learners who earned their high school diplomas or high school equivalency certificate in being honored during the Adult Education Spring Graduation ceremony in May. Receiving their credentials were Calvin Bedenbaugh, Christina Berkhimer, Dwayne Brown, Kendall Butler, Felicia Cain, Alexander Cuttino, Ajanee Ellis, Bilqis Everette, Bonita Frazier, Kayla Garrett, Cortney Harrington, Lakia Hart, Taletha Haskins, Daitron Henderson, Jennifer Herron, KC Johnson, Robert Kalafus, Jimmie Kinsey, Erica Parker, Travis Robinson, Shameika Shuler, Hailee Stone, Stephaine Story, Heather Taylor and Crystal Wright.
Three graduates earned Gold Career Readiness Certificates and 19 earned Silver CRCs.
For more information about the Adult Education program at OCtech, call 803-535-1321 or visit www.octech.edu/academics/adult-education.