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January 11, 2014

Hard work brings big reward

TIFTON —

The Tifton Housing Authority’s GED program has been a triumph for five determined residents who were able to complete the program and earn their GED certificate.

During an interview Thursday at the Old Omega Road Community Building, No. 14, where the GED classes are held, Shanna Graham, 29; Cadrea Bailey, 26; and Dasha Marshall, 25, discussed what motivated them to further their education. 

Jadonna Jackson, resident initiatives manager for the Tifton Housing Authority, and GED teacher Harriett Kirby were also present. Residents Adelia Brown, 34, and China Davis, 19, who also completed the GED program, were unable to attend.

Jackson said the five women completed the program in December. They each received a certificate and will also receive a framed letter from Dr. Homer Day, chairman. In addition, they will be treated to lunch.

“That’s pretty much our way of thanking them, because it was not easy,” Jackson said.

The Tifton Housing Authority began offering GED classes through their program for residents in 2010. Since then, approximately 20 people have completed the program. Jackson thanked the Tift County Board of Education for their recent donation of computers to the Housing Authority.

When asked what made them decide to get their GED, Graham said, “I just wanted to better my life for my kids so I wouldn’t have to do restaurant jobs all my life.” She said she dropped out of high school her junior year after getting pregnant.

“I waited long enough for all of my kids to be in school so I wouldn’t have to worry about getting a babysitter,” she said.

Graham found out about the Housing Authority’s GED program from Bailey and another woman named Sabrina Williams who both encouraged her to get involved in the program.

“I had been procrastinating for a while because I wasn’t thinking about it,” she said. 

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