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SUSCC takes aim at adults

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By Alton Mitchell

A lot of positive things are ongoing in LaFayette and Chambers County and a college in a neighboring County has now given adult learners in LaFayette an opportunity to continue their education or pick up where they left off.

Representatives from Southern Union State Community College in Opelika were in LaFayette on Monday night to explain some of the opportunities that they are providing to adult learners in LaFayette.
Ms. Dara Levens an adult education teacher explained the benefits of the new programs being offered by SUSCC. The root of the program allows local students to be able to obtain their GED or High School Diploma through SUSCC. The program also allows for a dual enrollment for 17 & 18 year olds as well with proper documentation.

Ms. Derika Griffin the director of adult education at SUSCC advised the admission process is simple it all starts with a single phone call to (334)749-8480. Following that call a student will be setup for orientation.

June Abercrombie a Career Path Coordinator with SUSCC was also on hand at the meeting. Abercrombie is a newcomer to the area, but states that when she relocated here one of the first things she noticed was the abundance of manufacturing job openings at local factories.
As she noted on the available jobs in the area she mentioned how Career Pathways can play into a student’s education. In addition to acquiring their GED or HS diploma the student can also earn college credit through dual enrollment with SUSCC.

Students will be simultaneously earning their GED as well as a certificate in Child Development, CAN, Machine Shop Technology, Truck Driving, or Business Programs including Computer Science. In addition no other students will know that the student is in the GED courses.

The staff from SUSCC noted that one of the first students in Career Pathways came from the LaFayette area. They noted this individual has done great and is maintaining a G.P.A of 95 in their classes. The visitors from SUSCC advised that they are interested in getting people to learning and not stopping. They explained that there are incentives to the program that include scholarships, one free class for enrolled students, and the ability to obtain financial aid grants to continue their education.

The staff at SUSCC would love to hear from students who are interested in enrollment and they remind students it is never too late to continue their education. Those interested in the program can call (334)749-8480 or email ged@suscc.edu.