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Blackhawk Technical College suspends diploma testing

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
October 28, 2011
— Blackhawk Technical College has suspended its testing for high-school equivalency diplomas while it reviews its procedures, the college announced Thursday.

“We have some testing issues that need to be addressed, so in order to do that, we’re going to reschedule sessions for a little bit later in November,” said spokesman Len Walker.


Walker called the review “routine.”


Walker said students who signed up for testing today, Monday and Tuesday were being notified that they would have to wait.


The numbers of students affected probably numbers in the dozens, Walker said.


Asked if something happened to prompt the review, Walker said: “Not to my knowledge.”


Ed Robinson, vice president of student services, is in charge of the review, Walker said. Robinson could not be reached at his office Thursday evening.


Walker said BTC wants to make sure protocols are in place and is working with the state technical college office “to ensure compliance with testing regulations.”


Canceled is testing for General Education Diplomas, known as GEDs, and the High School Equivalency Diploma, HSED.


“The college anticipates that a modified testing schedule will resume during the week of Nov. 9, with additional testing sessions to accommodate those registered for cancelled sessions,” according to a news release.


“Cancellation of these sessions is necessary due to unanticipated circumstances,” the release states. “The college will contact all individuals currently scheduled for the cancelled sessions and extends its regrets for the inconvenience this action may cause.”


Anyone interested in an alternate testing location during this time can contact the college at (608) 757-7734 during daytime office hours.


GED/HSED test-preparation and orientation workshops will be held as scheduled.



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