Dozens of wiregrass adults received their GEDs today at Wallace Community College in Dothan.
42 adults earned their GED after heading back to the classroom and enrolling in Wallace’s adult education program.
According to the Alliance of Excellent Education, Alabama’s graduation rate is just 61.4%.
In the last census, it was estimated that 1 million Alabama citizens did not have a high school diploma.
Wallace school officials say more people are realizing the importance of a quality education and say it's essential for success.
“This last year we saw a 16 percent increase in our adults education program and we had a 56 percent increase in the number of GEDs produced this year. People are seeing the need because of the economy. Jobs are limited they're realizing they have to have a credential to get into the workforce,” said Linda Watson, Director of Adult Education.
Congratulations go out to all the grads, especially to valedictorian Stephanie Jimenez and salutatorian Christopher Woodard.