The Adult Basic Education department celebrated the 2023 Clinton Community College High School Equivalency Program Graduation on Tuesday, June 27 in the Clinton Community College Auditorium, Clinton, Iowa. 

Forty seven students completed the program during the 2022-23 academic year. Of those graduating, 25 participated in the ceremony with addresses given by four students including Savanna Hall, Keiara Doctor, Ryan Harkert, and Noah Smith.   Platform guests included Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Chancellor Dr. Sonya Williams, CCC President Dr. Brian Kelly, EICC Dean of Adult Education Dr. Scott Schneider, and CCC HSE Lead Teacher Mary Jo Nier.  Recognized during the ceremony were the HiSET instructors including Debby Gosnell who is retiring in June. 

In her remarks, Mary Jo Nier stated, “There is nothing like HiSET graduation.  It is a formal ceremony with the intimate feel of a family celebration. And a celebration it was! I am so proud of each and every student. They worked hard and they made it. The finish line has become the starting line. I can't wait to see where their journeys lead!”  Dr. Kelly commented about this group of graduates, “These students demonstrate an amazing resilience and determination. I am proud of their achievement and grateful to the dedicated staff that help make this happen.”

Since 2003 the CCC Paul B. Sharar Foundation and the Eastern Iowa Community College Board of Trustees have partnered to offer each graduate of the EICC High School Equivalency program a three credit hour scholarship or the equivalent cost of a course that would lead to immediate employment.

People in Clinton and Jackson counties are enrolled in the CCC High School Equivalency program.  The High School Equivalency program provides individuals who did not graduate from high school an opportunity to earn their diplomas. To do so, the graduates are required to successfully pass five different state approved tests in Language Arts Writing, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts Reading, and Math. Minimum scores are required for each test area as well as an overall minimum average score.

Enrollment for fall classes is currently underway. For more information about the High School Equivalency and English Language Acquisition programs, call Clinton Community College at 563-244-7001 or at

2023 CCC High School Equivalency Program Graduates:

Camanche, IA

       Crystal Dever

       Tyler Lovell

 Clinton, IA

       Eliana Anspach

       Logan Bode

       Austin Bouchard

       Julia Cantu

       Carlie Comstock

       Marissa Cook

       Carrie Cox

       James Crowe

       Brittany Dauen

       Matthew Dean

       Keiara Doctor

       Kimberly Edfors

       Xavier Guzman

       Savanna Hall

       Bella Hardy

       Nikita Hembd

       Emma Krajnovich

       Daitona Litty

       Kane Lohse

       Christopher Managbanag

       Abbigale Merema

       Trevelle Merrills

       Alexandrea Mitchell

       Christopher Moore

       Jessen Namer

       Jacob Partin

       Tracy Price

       Isaac Roode

       Madison Sally

       Ivan Sandoval

       Taelor Stropes

       Alyssa Terronez

       Daniel Zimmer

 DeWitt, IA

       Ryan Harkert

       Kyle Keiran

 Goose Lake, IA

       Madison Updike

 Maquoketa, IA

       Catherine Diesburg

       Darrian Dimmick

 Sabula, IA

       Kaylee Bielema

       Abigale Orfe

Fulton, IL

       Noah Smith

       Robert Wernick

       Caitlyn Wonsewitz

Woodstock, IL

       Colin Kelley

Greenville, KY

       Cody Venable