Southern Crescent Technical College is offering adult education classes at Fairmont Community Center.

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Dr. Murray Williams, Vice President of Adult Education at SCTC, spoke to the Educational Prosperity Initiative meeting held on Feb. 7 to announce the program.

“We are very excited today about our new partnership at Fairmont Community Center,” she said. “We opened our doors here for an adult education program just last week.”

She said the program already has 14 “very eager” students enrolled and attending.

“This has been a long time coming. We have been at Fairmont before, and we had to end the program,” she said.

She went on to say that the ending of the previous effort was a disappointment to both SCTC and Fairmont Community Center.

“Over the last couple of years, we have worked collectively together, to get the program back on board, and we’ve seen nothing but great things happening,” she said.

She said that it is the aim of SCTC’s Adult Education Program to build strong communities. They have found that lack of transportation is often a barrier to students, so they are taking their classes to the community.

“If they won’t come to us, then let’s go to them, and let’s start bringing adult education to the community,” she said.

According to Williams, about 23 percent of adults 18 years and older in the local community do not have a high school diploma or a GED. She added that for about 60 percent of new jobs, a high school diploma and some sort of college credential will be required.

“For us, that is just unacceptable,” she said. “We want to wipe that number out because we want people to be able to go into the workforce.”

She said that SCTC offers dual enrollment to allow GED students to also take college credit classes at the same time.

“So when they get the GED, they can also get a college credential and go directly into the workforce,” she said.

“This is a great day for Southern Crescent. This is a great day for Fairmont. This is a great day for Spalding County and we thank you for this partnership and collaboration that we have,” she said in closing.

Feb 09 By Jennifer Reynolds STAFF WRITER jreynolds@griffindailynews.com