The Next Step Youth Program is an Out-of-School Youth Program operated by Wallace Community College’s Adult Education Department. We provide FREE GED preparation and testing to anyone 16-24 years of age. The Next Step also helps learners prepare for college and careers and earn incentives and income through work-based learning.

We offer individualized support to guide youth as they determine a career path.

We have four program tracks to help you reach your goals:

  1. Academic –This track is designed for youth who are focusing on completing their high school equivalency certificate (GED) or improving basic academic skills, digital skills, and college prep skills.
  2. Career Training – This track is designed for youth who are ready to begin career training in high demand occupations like construction, healthcare, and mechanics
  3. Academic + Career Training – This track is designed for youth who want to work on their GED and begin career training in fields like CNA, Welding, and cosmetology.
  4. On The Job Training – This track is designed to provide paid training opportunities with local employers.

We Offer:

  • Free GED Prep and Testing
  • Cash Incentives
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Financial and Digital Literacy
  • Internships
  • Work Readiness

Let The Next Step help you design a world that best fits your skills and talents.

We want to help you build your world!

Click Here to fill out The Next Step Youth Program eligibility form.

Once you have submitted the form, someone from the Adult Education Department will contact you with additional information.

Contact Information

Primary Contact: Joyce Hutchins


Office: (334) 556-6823