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Gene Bennent, a teacher at West Brunswick High School, partici
pates in the TORCH (Teacher Outreach) Program for Chemistry
Teackcrs a: the College of Charleston July 11-15. The institute is
one of six funded by the Commission on Higher Education and the
Woodrow Wilson National Foundation being hosted by the col
lege \ School of Sciences and Mathematics this summer.
Diabetes Support Group To Meet
Dos her Memorial Hospital's Dia- : ? *? -?
betes Support Group will meet
Thursday, Aug. 18. at 7 p.m. in the
hospital conference room.
Eugene DesLauriers, registered
physical therapist, will discuss the
importance of exercise in the diabet
ic's regime and will teach ways to
incorporate exercise into the life
The group will tour the hospital
exercise area, and light refreshments
will be served.
For more information, call Judy
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GED Grad Betty Keane To Inspire
Basic Skills Award Winners At BCC
BY SUSAN USHER
It can take hard work, determina
tion and motivation for adults to re
turn to school and resume their edu
Betty Keane knows because she
did it, in 4'A years moving from ju
nior high dropout to master's degree
Keane will be the keynote speaker
Thursday, Aug. 11, when Brunswick
Community College honors GED
program graduates and other achiev
ers in the college's basic skills pro
gram at a 7 p.m. buffet dinner on
BCC's main campus near Supply.
The event is intended to recognize
students' achievements and motivate
and entourage th<-m to set new goals
to continue their education.
Keane, a native of Ttgar Branch,
Miss., dropped out of school in sev
enth grade because she needed to
work. "It was important in those
days for my brothers to stay in
school," she recalled.
She reared three children, always
stressing the importance of an edu
cation to them, sold real estate and
"did a lot of things that it didn't take
a GED to do," she said. "I never told
anybody I hadn't graduated. I never
felt that I needed any more educa
tion at the time."
In 1986 Keane had just moved to
Bruaswick County. One of her chil
dren was just starting high school,
another was in college and a third
had finished college. She had a real
estate sales license but wasn't sure
that was what she wanted to do.
She checked at BCC about taking
a course. "Les Turner was my advi
sor and he had me signed up for
three classes before I could bat an
eye," she recalled. "I had to say
'whoa,' and tell him I didn't have a
No problem. She studied for the
battery of GED tests while taking
speech communications, freshman
English and developmental math
courses. "I just had to take the GED
before the end of my first quarter,"
Keane told her family the truth
about her educational status and
gained their cooperation and sup
The children suffered a lot, so
they have to be proud," she said, re
calling nights when she closed her
door in order to study without inter
ruption. "I had forgotten how to
study and how to take notes."
She passed the GED that first
quarter, then earned an associate de
gree in general education in 1988.
Transferring to UNC-Wilmington,
she raced on to earn a B.A. degree in
education in 1989 and a master's de
gree in reading in 1990.
Since 1990 the Yaupon Beach
resident has taught English at South
Brunswick High School at Boiling
Spring l.akes, filling interim assign
ments for two years and receiving
contracts the last two years.
In her classroom she tries to con
vey to her students the importance
of those basic skills ? how to study,
how to take notes, the value of read
ing, she said. "1 try to teach them
how to learn."
"I owe so much to BCC. They
didn't put any obstacles in front of
me, nothing I couldn't handle. And
BCC gave me my first job after I
graduated from UNC-W, teaching
"BCC has been very instrumental
in shaping my life here."
Presenting more than 100 certifi
cates and awards as part of the pro
gram will be Catherine Godley,
Gladys Wagenseil, Rita Ramphal.
Sabra Barfield and Dean of Con
tinuing Education Jerry Thrift.
Also on the program are BCC
President W. Michael Reaves, As
sistant Dean of Continuing Edu
cation Velva Jenkins, the Rev.
Dwarka Ramphal and entertainers
Gaye Fulford and Larry Joyner Jr.
This first basic skills awards pro
gram is being supported in part by a
grant from the BCC Foundation.
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