HCC VAST Academy graduation celebrates student achievement

May 7, 2015

Twenty nine students in HCC Central's VAST Academy graduated from the program with occupational skills certificates in hand, a joyous milestone for students who are differently-abled.

Hundreds of proud parents and supporters attended the commencement at HCC Southwest's West Loop Center. Dr. Cesar Maldonado, Chancellor of HCC, served as the commencement speaker.

VAST Academy’s mission is to provide post-secondary transition programs and comprehensive support services leading to meaningful credentials, employment and independence for differently-abled individuals. The program began at Central in 1990. At the VAST Academy program at HCC Northwest, 15 students graduated with certificates this year. There now also is a VAST Academy at HCC Southwest.

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