X-Cel Education Celebrates Record Number of GED Graduates

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Through its dedicated staff, loyal volunteer base and generous funders, Boston-based X-Cel Education improves countless lives at a fraction of the cost of traditional GED programs. 70 of X-Cel's students passed the GED in the 2013 school year and are now focused on the future.

"I've never stopped dreaming about my education – I now have the opportunity to pursue it. X-Cel gives me all the help I need."

With the assistance of X-Cel Education, 70 individuals passed the GED (General Educational Development) exam in the 2013 school year, surpassing last year’s total of 62, a 13% increase. On June 28th, X-Cel and the graduates’ families will celebrate the hard work and sacrifice of each X-Cel graduate by hosting a traditional graduation ceremony, complete with caps & gowns, at Mission Main, 41 Smith Street, Boston, MA 02120 at 7pm.

For the X-Cel staff, GED graduation is an important first step in a longer journey of continuous education. “Our GED students come to us to prepare for the test, but we also encourage them to strive for postsecondary training such as certificate programs, associate’s degrees and apprenticeships,” said Brian Barnes, Board President of X-Cel. He continues, “many students in this cohort of graduates are already taking steps to go further and enroll in postsecondary education.”

Recent GED grad and current college prep student Israel Ferraz notes, "I've never stopped dreaming about my education – I now have the opportunity to pursue it. X-Cel gives me all the help I need."

X-Cel partners with Bunker Hill Community College and Roxbury Community College to support students as they move from X-Cel’s classes to a college campus. To make the transition smoother, X-Cel has staff based at Bunker Hill. The staff meets with former graduates to help them navigate the campus and to provide needed social and financial support.

A key feature of X-Cel’s model is a partnership with Boston Cares to recruit volunteers. Every week, an average of 25 volunteers donates between 50-70 hours working with students one-on-one in math, reading and writing. This innovative partnership enables X-Cel to serve students more effectively at 1/3rd the cost of state-funded programs.

Print and television media are welcome to attend the ceremony. Please contact Brian Barnes for additional details.

About X-Cel Education
Founded in 2000, X-Cel’s mission is to make high school completion and college-level study more accessible to low-income students in Greater Boston by providing flexible, customized instruction at no cost in convenient community locations. X-Cel Education began in Roxbury as a small GED preparation class with one volunteer. Since then, X-Cel has grown into a thriving non-profit providing Pre-GED, GED, and college prep classes at five locations throughout Boston to more than 200 students at any one time.

Without the generous support of its funders, X-Cel would not have such an impact on so many lives. X-Cel profoundly thanks The United Way, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, State Street Foundation, Skillworks, The Boston Foundation, first literacy, The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation, the philanthropic initiative and The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation.

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