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I 4 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012 Online GED 0000,,,ekers presented with '- " Patrick Saucedo of Lordsburg, Matthew Aguilera of Lordsburg, Macario Quintana of Santa Clara and . - Bianca Ramirez of Animas HMSlaunches Summer Internship Program '-" Courtesy submission ship Progra m. This program is HMS has launched the first annual HMS Summer Intern- LMSSummer Lunch Menu- :" Monday, July 9 - Turkey Ham & Cheese Sandwich Lettuce/Tomato Chips Fruit Cup ':' Milk ', Tuesday, July 10 Meat & Potato Burrito ". Corn on the Cob '' Cantaloupe Milk " Wednesday, July 11 Pizza Garden Salad w/Dressing Watermelon Milk Thursday, July 12 Cheeseburger Fries Lettuce/Tomato/Pickles Grapes Milk , Friday, July 13 Corn Dog . Pork & Beans , Corn on the Cob Fruit Cup Milk designed to give students pur- suing a career in the healthcare industry a taste of life in the community health center. Qualifying students must reside in either Hidalgo or Grant County, demonstrate through an essay and application process a sincere interest in the healthcare field, be 18 years of age or older, and either be a high school graduate or college student. HMS received 13 applications from students with a commit- ment to serve and four students have been hired to participate in this year's ,program. The eight-week progra3n consists of four two-week mod- ules that include rotations through various departments and locfitions at HMS. Learn- ing topics include family sup- port services, the medical and dental "clinics, the finance de- partment, the billing depart- ment, medical records, admin- istration, grant writing, evalua- 'tion and the workforce depart- ment. The program goal is for the students to learn all aspects of community health center life. HMS hopes to continue this pro- CD release party .to be ..held at Maverick July 13 Local performer Nueve will be hosting a CD release party at the Maverick Lounge on Friday, July 13. Nueve's new CD, Hustla Poetry, will be available for purchase at the event.* Performing live at the release party, which will begin at 9:00 p.m., will include Zig Zag NMRIDAHz, performing hit singles "So Fly" and "Pretty Girl". Also on the line up are Big Boogie, 4XL enter- tainment Blockstars, Dominant Breed Eat and Fresh-C of the BoomBox Inc. Admission is $12 at the door. Cut out the copy of the flyer with " this article (below) and receive half off admission price. Ladies are "" free from 8 to 10 p.m. Must be 21 to enter, id will be required. Local sponsors of the event include Lordsburg Cycleworks, :' Saucedo's Supermarket, DJ Shawn G, Vargas Music and Mama Rosa's Pizza. NUEVE PR,ESENTS gram and develop programs; like it that provide opportunities for students within our communi- ties. Sue Hunter Hunter is juror for Purchase Prize Show Submitted by GCAG/Silver City Sue Hunter, a multi-me- dium artist from Scottsdale, Arizona has been named as the juror for the Grant County Art Guild's 27th Annual Purchase Prize Show. A resident of Arizona since 1960, Sue is a graduate of West- era International University and has studied art at Scottsdale Art- ist School and with individual instructors. Sue's art is impres- sionist and full of color. Land- scapes, animals, figuratives and florals are some of the images that are subjects for paintings. "I start with a photo or painting plein aire and at some point my intuitive nature takes over and the painting takes on the char- acter of the emotion of the im- age." Sue is represented by Sedona Art Center, the aku Gallery in Jerome, AZ., and Arizona Art Alliance Galhry at the Scottsdale Pavilions Sue also teaches art classes jl all mediums, as well as worksaops. The Purchase Prize Show tt the Hearst Church Gallery in Pinos Altos. bogus diplomas, lawsuit alleges By BOB tion. More importantly, colleges through the process if it requires Denise Richardson had three and employers don't accept the more time and they think they're kids, worked the night shift and degrees, going to be getting the same had little spare time to take Victims like Richardson are thing?" classes that would earn her the usually out anywhere from $200 The lawsuit has already had high school degree she never re- to $1,200 and they face embar- an impact. Visitors to ceived as a teenager, rassment when they try to use -- one Nearly 1 million Americans their diploma. For many, it's also page alleged in the lawsuit to try to get their high school a tough setback on an already have sold imposter GEDs--now equivalency credentials every tough road. see a stark warning that the site year, and she wanted to join their 'q wanted it so bad and i fig- was disabled by a federal court ranks, so the Wisconsin mother ured ... it was something online order on March 9. Anyone who went online to learn about the where I could do it on my own placed an order with the site is process. After clicking her way time, and working third shift, I instructed to contact a lawyer through a few ads, she found one couldn't go to school during the listed on. the page. that looked promising: For day and come home to the kids at The original GED test was around $500, she would get a se- night and help them with school first administered in 1942, dur- ries of practice tests mailed to her. work, so it was a perfect opportu- ing World War II, and was de- Then she could take a test online airy," Richardson said. "That's signed as a way to get veterans and, if she passed, she'd get that where they got me." ripped from their childhoods coveted diploma. This week, the American quickly back into the educational A few weeks later, after work- Council on Education is warning system and on a path towards col- ing through the practice tests and consumers about an explosion of lege or a career that required a struggling through a five-hour fake high school equivalency high school degree. Since 1942, online exam, she was told she had scums and, with the GED Testing 17 .million people have been passed. Soon, she had her di- Service, has filed a lawsuit granted GED credentials. plumB. Then, last fall, she proudly against a string of websites it says GED Testing Service has took the diploma and transcripts offer false hope and false degrees, been able to successfully sue to nearby Blackhawk Technical "(Victims) are getting some- rogue online operators who abuse College and enrolled in classes, thing not recognized by employ- the GED trademark. But the Web A few days later, she got a call ers, not recognized by colleges," is teeming with similar sites that from an admissions officer with warned Randy Trask, president tempt potential GED test-takers bad news. and chief executive officer of with online studies that lead to "She told me that (my docu- GED Testing Services. "They pay diplomas rather .than the equiva- meats) were no good," their money, they get their cre- lency credentials granted by the Richardson said. "I was back to dential, they try to get into col- GED Testing Service. Such .square one, and out money -- a lege or they try to get a job only online studies aren't accepted by lot of money .... I felt terrible be- to find out that it was a fraudu- most colleges either, further con- cause I didn't finish school, and lent credential .... It's not worth fusing the issue and sometimes then here I try to go back and bet- the paper it was printed on." skirting the edge of the law. ter' my education and it gets It's unclear how many vic- "I think' as Americans we thrown in my face." rims have been taken nationwide, should all be incensed that people Richardson is one of 39 mil- as there's no central clearing- are taking advantage of adults lion U.S. adults who don't have a house for victims. But there are that are really just trying to get high school diploma and are piles of complaints at local Bet- out of the path that they headed therefore blocked from college ter Business Bureaus and state down," Trask said. "They want to and many employment attorney's general offices across turn their life around, they want opportunities. There's only one the country. A simple Web search to provide for their families." way to "test" out of high school shows just how many question- Only state departments of -- through the General Educa- able high school degree pro- education can give entities the tional Development (GED) pro- grams compete for victims, authority to grant high school gram that's operated by the GED "It's likely there are thou- diplomas. Potential students Testing Service, a joint venture sands of people, if not more, who should check with their state of- of the American Council on Edu- have been affected by. scams like fice before enrolling in any pro- cation and a private firm named this," said GED Testing Service gram for a high school degree. Pearson VUE. And there's cur- spokeswoman Cassandra Brown. The national Department of Edu- rently no way to take the test The service has recently launched cation website has a handy list of. online: You have to sit, SAT style, a website to encourage victims to links to state offices. in a hard chair in front of a proc- come forward to help Richardson's story has a tor and pass the test's five com- determine how extensive the happy ending. She went to a lo- portents, problem is. cal GED testing center and shared But as with so many indus- The pool of potential targets her story. She got no refund - the tries, the digital world has is particularly v*ulnerable, said website she paid for her fake de- added confusion to the process Trask. gree had disappeared - but she and left the door wide open for "It's quite frankly a larger eventually sat for the real test, scum artists. Imposters abound rich environment," he said. "There passed it and enrolled in college. online, promising simpler ways are lots of people who know they "A lot of people say now I'm to get a GED or a high school di- need (a deg'ree). They have a too cautious because I don't like ploma, the offers sweetened by sense of urgency about how to do anything on the computer promises that online tests mean quickly they want to get it, and anymore," she said. "It feels re- the applicants never need to they're a logical victim. If they ally good that I'm in college and leave their homes. Those who are see something that requires less taking up two. degrees .... I duped into doing that are almost work, why would they go couldn't be happier." always disappointed, as those ] degrees are not recognized by [ WNRU Week00 Word[t state education departments or Hidalgo County Learning Center: the federal'Department of Educa- ,,x,,,, " 575-542-3315 the- By REBECCA ESTRAOA l I would like to thank all the community members who took ad- DO 6 It O US E vantage and attended the free computer classes in June. We had a great turn out ! ! The instructors are wanting to come back and offer more com- /g Cdt[ //2 g purer classes. As soon as they get back to me I will advertise the dates and times //0# 0// "/ Students who are wanting to attend WNMU'classes for the fall (, 2012 or spring 2013 can come by our office for any help that you may Call need. Those continuing students need to register as soon as possible ettae :ttaure so that you may get in to the classes you need. Student enrollment 575.542.8880 _J has increaSed at WNMU and classes are filling up fast. 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