Twenty-four-percent of Wiregrass residents never graduated from high school. Wallace Community College is working to help those without a GED reach their goals.
Wallace Community College has made a commitment to the community to make preparing for the GED test more accessible. They are already seeing an increase in registration to take the test.
Lee Pearce, testing coordinator at the collage, said, "We have increased students to 60 per month which is a 20 percent increase over before."
Registration for GED testing is on the rise. WCC has set a goal for itself of helping to double the production of GED credentials throughout the state.
Sally Buchanan with Wallace Community College said, "The economy has a great deal to do with the fact that we're seeing more students come back for GED's traditionally people could get a job out of school but now some form of training is required."
The college decided it may entice more students to come back for their certificate if preparatory classes and the test were offered off the main campus.
"It's difficult for students to come back later in life a lot of GED students have been displaced from their jobs like factory workers and then its intimidating. By moving the facilely we have a smaller environment, more comfortable for the students and it does help them to feel like they are going to be successful," said Buchanan.
The new site is on the corner of John D. Odom road and Highway 231. Wallace Community College is working harder than ever to make GED testing more feasible for students.
"All of our GED services are free. There is a minimal fee for the testing but instruction is free and services are here at a convenient location."
There are 12 locations throughout Houston and Henry counties where residents can sign up to take the test. In addition, WCC is offering four orientations a month to fit everyone's schedule who wants to register to take the GED test
Some of those who residents who go back to take their GED go on to register with the college to earn an associate's degree to help advance them even further in their careers.
For more information on Wallace Community College's GED program you stop by their office on Highway 231 north or give them a call at 556-2373.