Univision Host to address GED graduates at Lone Star College-Montgomery

Univision’s radio and television personality, Renzo Heredia, will address graduates of Lone Star College-Montgomery’s General Education Development program at the annual GED Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, May 8.

The ceremony, which takes place at 6:30 p.m., in the Mainstage Theatre, located in the college’s Performing Arts Center (Building D), honors the 168 students who took the college’s GED preparation course and passed the exam during the last year, marking an important step in enhancing their future.

Heredia will share how his experiences with diverse cultures, politics, art, and ideas have allowed him to serve as an information source and voice for the community.

His speech will emphasize the importance of education in today’s world and inspire students to continue their studies and accomplish other educational goals.

“His personal story of challenge and perseverance will be presented to the many students who have decided to complete their GED regardless of age or circumstance,” said Martha Neely, GED program coordinator at LSC-Montgomery. “He’ll discuss pursuing a passion, facing obstacles and limitations, being persistent, and ultimately, being rewarded by success.”

Heredia, director of community affairs at Univision Radio, is the host of La Voz Del Pueblo (The People’s Voice), an award-winning community affairs program that provides relevant information to the Hispanic community through high-profile guests, audience interaction, and Heredia’s unique style and passion. He is also the host of Univision’s cooking show, “Que Sabor,” (“What Flavor”) and can be heard on air on 106.5 FM KOVE Monday-Friday from 3- 7 p.m.

Heredia is also a representative of Lone Star College System, appearing in system-wide TV commercials that air on Univision. He carries the college’s key message of “Open Doors” (“Abriendo Puertas”) to the Hispanic community.

“He is an advocate for the community and his enthusiastic style helps connect and motivate people,” said Neely. “Heredia helps open doors for many, including our current and future students.”

The GED graduates will also hear from Ann Townsend, a retired mother and grandmother who recently earned her GED in order to aid in her pursuit of an associate degree to study interior design.

Dr. Austin A. Lane, president of LSC-Montgomery, will preside over the ceremony, and a reception for the graduates and their family and friends will take place in the same location immediately following the ceremony.

The GED program — first developed to provide returning World War II veterans with an opportunity to earn high school credentials — has served as a bridge to education and employment opportunities for an estimated 15 million since 1942. Today, approximately one in seven high school diplomas issued in the United States each year is a GED diploma.

LSC-Montgomery offers the GED review course and the GED test — both in English and in Spanish. Students must be 17 years of age or have parent or guardian permission to take either one.

For more information about the college’s GED program, call the continuing education office at (936) 273-7446.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.

With 75,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball, and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.