Five area schools are suffering from an increasing number of students who drop out and never receive a high school diploma.
However, a new program could help reverse that effect and leave students with a promising future.
Houston County Schools have teamed up with Wallace College to begin a G.E.D prep program for those students who have not passed the Alabama graduation exam.
Houston County Schools Superintendent Tim Pitchford says, "Our plan is to bring them in for half a day, some in during the morning session and some in during the afternoon session and provide them intense exit exam training, as well as GED training in order that they graduate and not be dropouts."
Principal of Houston High School, Scott Stephens, says 14 of the schools students have not passed and thinks the program will be a great help to push the students further.
"Our biggest problem is students that pass four parts of the graduation exam and can't pass that final thing. Hopefully, this program, [with] extra tutoring will allow them to advance," said Stephens.
Superintendent Dennis Coe of Henry County Schools says the dropout rate in the area is not as shocking as others, with the average in the county at 73% who graduate and the school sitting at 70%.
"If their not successful once the spring administration of graduation is out, we'll encourage them to enroll in class where they can still get a diploma,” said Coe.
Coe says there is already a Wallace College branch in Abbeville where many adults are already taking courses to obtain their GED and says that will make it easier for students in Henry County.
Superintendent Pitchford says Wallace College is helping financially back the program, providing $30,000 dollars and a mobile computer lab.
He says the new program will only call for an additional teacher or aid.
Pitchford says he hopes to start the prep program at the beginning of the year.