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Haven Marsh, who teaches high school equivalency classes at Front Range Community College’s Center for Adult Learning in Fort Collins, is the Colorado Adult Educator of the Year by the Colorado Adult Education Professional Association.

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Haven Marsh

Marsh has been teaching high school equivalency for nine years. In that time she has prepared over 500 students for the tests that measure competence in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.

“I like helping students discover more of what they can be and what they can do,” Marsh said. Like any teacher, she is motivated by the “aha” moments students have when they grasp a concept in their learning.

Marsh has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colorado State University and a master’s in special education from the University of Northern Colorado.

“Not only is Haven a master teacher, but she also is totally dedicated to her students,” said Margie Wagner, coordinator of the Center for Adult Learning. “She will always walk the extra mile to help someone succeed, whether it be to tutor them outside of class time, give a student a ride to or from school, or connect them with another resource. She is so deserving of this award.”

The Center for Adult Learning offers High School Equivalency Preparation classes and English as a Second Language classes on the Larimer Campus and other sites. The telephone number is 970-204-8181. The Center for Adult Learning in Loveland can be reached at 970-613-5960.

A High School Equivalency diploma was formerly known as the GED, or General Education Diploma. Today, student options include the HiSET and TASC tests as well as the GED, all of which measure college and career readiness.

In Colorado, HSE candidates must be 17 years of age and older, though 16-year-olds who meet certain criteria may apply for an age waiver to take the exam. Examinees may not have been awarded a high school diploma or an equivalency diploma. Applicants must be Colorado residents, have Colorado mailing addresses, and must not be currently enrolled in high school.

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online. FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System.

About the Colorado Community College System

The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, serving more than 137,000 students annually at 13 colleges and 39 locations across Colorado. CCCS’s open access mission ensures that all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education opportunities. CCCS students save time and money with affordable tuition and fees, concurrent enrollment and guaranteed transfer to any public university in Colorado. Online courses are available via Colorado Community Colleges Online. CCCS also oversees career and technical programs in its 13 colleges, more than 160 school districts and 6 other post-secondary institutions. By partnering with business and industry, CCCS helps employers meet workforce needs and prepares students for direct entry to their chosen career pathway. The vast majority of CCCS students are Colorado residents and, after graduation, 97% of CCCS students stay in state becoming the workforce that powers the Colorado economy and the heart of its neighborhoods, businesses and communities.

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