More than 24% of adults in Houston County do not have a high school diploma.
That statistic makes the staff at Wallace Community College cringe.
Which is why they are pleased to announce this year's GED graduating class as the largest in school history, with more than 1,500 graduates.
“It's a long time coming and I'm very proud," said Cynthia Watkins, Valedictorian of Wallace Community College’s GED graduating class.
David Carroll will become the first high school graduate in his family, when he walks the stage Sunday.
Carroll said, “I see my family and how much they struggle and I just want to better myself."
Carroll has been taking GED courses at Wallace Community College since 2003.
David-"I had to take a couple years off...It was difficult working and going to school at night."
“These people had to sacrifice so much to stay focused," said John Riley, Inspirational Speaker.
"With the economy, so many people are out of jobs. We have people from the West Point Homes layoff in Abbeville and the Sony layoff in Dothan,” said
Watkins says, her students realize they can't get a job without a credential which is why the school offers free GED classes.
More than 80% of the current jobs available in today's market require at least a 2-year college degree.
Nearly half of this year's graduating class are enrolling in a community college.
“I'm going to Wallace to continue my education,” said Watkins.
"People should stay in school because it is tough out here without an education," said Carroll.
Nearly 70% of GED recipients only complete the tenth grade.
Wallace Community College offers 3 free GED classes in Barbour, Henry, and Houston counties.
For more information call 1-800-543-2426 x. 4239.