There’s a new set of graduates set to receive their certificates on Thursday from the CARE Learning Centre, only this time, the Class of 2018 includes 16-year-olds who secured their GED’s before the age of 18.

When contacted by Bermuda Real, CARE’s founder, former Progressive Labour Party MP and noted author, Neletha Butterfield said: “This year’s graduation has proven that students can earn their high school diplomas at 16-years-old and continue with higher education such as the Bermuda College of a college abroad, or university.”

She also noted that the students placed in the Functional Academics Programme at Cedarbridge  and Berkeley Institute ”

In addition the students who were placed in the Functional Academics Programme at Berkeley Institute and Cedarbridge Academy “are very capable of receiving a high school diploma or GED through one on one tutoring and extra tutorial classes and this will be witnessed on Thursday.

“The student is now enrolled in the Bermuda College for higher learning. This is another year of success for graduates under the age of 18.”

But she said: “CARE needs additional financial assistance as they can have more graduates but students do not have the funding for the test which costs $300 in total for four tests – Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Reasoning Language Arts at $75. 

“This school year CARE paid for some of the tests noting that students needed assistance.”

We’ll have more on that part of the story in subsequent reports.

Meanwhile, parents, relatives and friends are set to gather at the CARE Learning Centre on Thursday, November 15 at 12:30pm.

The Reverend Dr Henry C Armstrong, the Senior Pastor of Rhema Ministries will deliver ‘Words of Encouragement’ and donations will be greatly appreciated.

This year CARE is celebrating 35 years of ‘Educating the Community’.

To the graduating Class of 2018 – Congratulations & Keep Going!