By Chad Porter, CCWVa Adult Education Instructor Austin Bowen passed his Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) exam, used to measure high school equivalency, in late March after enrolling in the Catholic Charities Community Center of Huntington. “I almost cried tears of joy,” Austin said, upon receiving his High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma in the mail. Obtaining his HSE was imperative for Austin to reach the next rung on his career ladder. Austin was able to ascend to a new position with Tri-State Addiction Recovery Resources as a group facilitator/support staff. Austin states that he has been embarrassed for over 10 years that he didn’t complete high school. The support of the recovery community and Catholic Charities’ proactive role within that community allowed Austin to find the courage to pursue his goals. To learn more about Catholic Charities West Virginia, visit www.CatholicCharitiesWV.org. The Mission of Catholic Charities West Virginia: Guided by God’s love, Catholic Charities collaborates with community partners, parishes and families to provide caring and compassionate services to people in need and work toward lasting and meaningful change.