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Career & Technical School News

Decades after starting a career in the U.S., Guyanese
native returns to the classroom to pursue a high school diploma


Bridget Liebson is pursuing diploma through Capital Region BOCES


After 34 years in the United States, a Guyanese immigrant is finally earning her High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma thanks to Capital Region BOCES.

Bridget Liebson of Ballston Spa is enrolled in the Capital Region BOCES Adult Education HSE program, which prepares students to earn the HSE diploma that was previously known as a GED.

Known as a “diligent student,” she raised three children and became a licensed cosmetologist since immigrating to New York City in 1983 and later moving north to the Capital Region. But, until recently, she never found time to earn her HSE diploma.

“When I was young, I was always busy. I never had time. I came here with two young kids and I had a third. I went to cosmetology school and I always worked,” she said. “Now that I don’t have any kids at home, I have time.”

“I have time to read, so now I decided it’s time to do it,” Liebson said.

The 57-year-old said she enjoys the class.

“I love that I can sit down and just do my work. Nobody will bother me. It’s a peaceful three hours,” she said.

Liebson added that she enjoys talking with her husband, Alan, and the BOCES adult education course helps her have meaningful conversations.Liebson studies

“Knowledge is good. I enjoying reading and talking with my husband about current affairs and what I have learned.”

She also noted that a health scare pushed her back into the program.

“I hurt my shoulder and I couldn’t lift it to work a few months ago. No job is going to take you without an HSE so I said to myself that it’s time for the class,” Liebson said.

While her shoulder is healed and she is back to work at Unisex Hair Design in Clifton Commons Mall, she said the HSE keeps her options open.

BOCES Adult Education Vocational Case Manager Tarin Bready said Liebson is an excellent student.

“Bridget has made impressive strides in the HSE program, especially as English is a second language for her. As a student, she is diligent about her studies, taking two classes and using a GED app in her free time,” Bready said. “I am confident that she will graduate the program within the next year.”

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