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Wallace-Dothan Celebrates GED Graduation


The College was honored to have alumnus and former GED student Ms. Sylvia Quattlebaum give the Keynote Address. Ms. Quattlebaum, now a guidance counselor at Northview High School, received the results of her GED exam 28 years ago. She openly told her story of dropping out of high school in the 11th grade. Her first child was born soon after. The next year she watched her sister graduate from high school, a milestone they were supposed to meet together. Ms. Quattlebaum’s dream of becoming a teacher eventually began to fade with no degree and three children to take care of.

A car accident while taking her daughter to school was a wakeup call that launched her plan of action. She was going to get a GED from Wallace and become a teacher. On April 19, 1991, she took the GED and passed.

Her next step was signing up for classes, but paying for them was another matter. Someone in admissions told her to write a letter about why she should receive a scholarship. Accepting the challenge, she stated her case on her daughter’s hot pink paper and handed it in. “Sometimes you have to do something out of the ordinary to get noticed,” she said. With the path cleared to pursue her plan of action, she did not let any challenge stop her. She even printed school papers by hand because she did not have a typewriter.

Ms. Quattlebaum received an Associate in Science from Wallace in 1997, a Bachelor of Science in Education Social Science from Troy University, Dothan in 1997, a Master of Science in School Counseling from Troy in 2008, and an Ed.S. School Counseling in 2013, also from Troy.

“Talking to GED graduates was on my bucket list, and now I’ve accomplished that, too!” she said. “The GED opened the door for me. Don’t allow anyone to steal your dream.”

Her formula for success? “GED to College Degree!”

Eighty-four percent of these GED graduates are already attending WCCD or are planning to attend. Wallace offers one free class to GED completers to encourage them to further their education.

The Wallace GED program reaches out to everyone who endeavors to complete their high school credentials. Wallace offers one class free to GED graduates. Eighty-four percent of these GED graduates are already attending WCCD or are planning to attend. A high school diploma or equivalency is required for most jobs in today’s economy.

Wallace Community College offers free GED preparation classes through its Adult Education program at locations in Houston, Henry, and Barbour counties. For more information on the program, call (334) 556-2373 in Dothan or (334) 619-3000 in Eufaula.

GED graduates receiving certificates were:

Abbeville: Carlo McCloud; Ashford: Johanna Blake; Clio: Claudia Flores Arias; Cowarts: Adrienne Bridgewater; Dothan Casey Brannon, Alexander Burton, Jennifer Forbes, Rashena Granger, Brittney Jackson, Debra Jacobs, Alan Mumford, Jr., Mark Sauble, Erical Smith, Lakeya Smith, and Frederick Thomas, Sr.; Eufaula: Chloe Cutchen and Tanzania King; Geneva: Cody Helton; Georgetown, GA: Shante’ Billings; Hartford: Scott Seaman; Headland: Phyllis Dickens; Midland City: Joshua Reese; Newville: Virginia Walker; Ozark: Vanessa Tellis; and Slocomb: Alizabeth Cooper. 

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