Changing lives one diploma at a time
About 95 adult students attended a graduation ceremony Thursday at Lighthouse Church after receiving their high school equivalency (HSE) diploma.
“What we tell people is that there are 10,000 reasons to get their degree,” said Stewart Stanfill, coordinator of the 7th District of Adult Education in Tennessee. “The average bachelor earns $ 10,000 more per year than their useful life if they refuse to graduate.”
Many students have been obstacles in their lives that have prevented them from finishing school for one reason or another, so earning HSE opens doors they would not have otherwise, Stanfill said.
The most people in the labor market during the economic impact is significant. Graduates can go to college if they wish, go to a commercial school or go directly to the workforce, he said.
“We are in the business of changing lives one degree at a time,” said State Counselor for Adult Education in Tennessee, Yvette Dixon.
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Christina Brown shakes hands with West Tennessee officials for adult Education District Seven at her graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 29, 2017. (Photo: KENNETH CUMMINGS / The Jackson Sun)
Christina Brown dropped out of high school when she was in tenth grade. Thirteen years later, she decided to continue her HSE to test everyone who said she could not hurt her and be an example to her 1-year-old twins.
“It’s very good,” Brown said. “For a long time is passed.”
His next goal is to go to college and study to be a nursing assistant or surgical technician.
Brown wants to see his children a positive role model in her, and does not have to see the other for an example.
“If they see you do, they will,” he said. “I want you to see that everything is possible.”
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Landon Shepherd speaks to his son, Kyran, after graduating from West Tennessee for Adult Education District 7, Thursday, June 29, 2017. (Photo: KENNETH CUMMINGS / The Jackson Sun)
A new tradition
There is about a year, the administrative pastor of the church the lighthouse Paul Hill spoke with a member of his office. The man spoke with some financial difficulties he had.
Employers liked the man, but had trouble finding a good job because he did not graduate from high school.
Colina helped get set up to follow the course of the school equivalency exam, and earned her HSE last year.
HSE graduations were located at Jackson State Community College, but have begun to be overcrowded. When the hill realized this, the Faro church was offered for future graduation ceremonies.
“I said,” You have to be part of that, “Hill said. I saw firsthand the difference I had made. ”
Thursday was the first time the Faro church was used for graduation.
For more information about registering for District 7 adult education courses, call 855-5699-1200.