Adult Ed department accepts Golden Apple Award

Congratulations to Bishop State Community College’s Adult Education Department for winning WKRG’s Golden Apple Award! This is the first time WKRG has selected a program outside of K-12 to receive the award!

The Golden Apple Award honors local teachers who are making a difference in the classroom. The Adult Education team was honored with the award on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 which also fell on National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week.

The Adult Education department serves those seeking to earn their GED, but also offers programs and services to help students secure better jobs and obtain higher levels of education and training.

Posted by WKRG on September 21, 2021

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — This week is National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, and we’re marking the occasion by recognizing a program in Mobile that helps adults complete their high school education. Our Golden Apple team went to Bishop State to recognize more than two dozen teachers who spend their time helping other adults who never graduated from high school.

A high school equivalency diploma can go a long way toward helping people find a job or move on to higher education. We listened as the people involved in Bishop State’s GED program talked about what they do, and we even heard from graduates of the program.

“It’s not that difficult, we just want to get them in and once we get them in we’ll give them the skills they need to be successful,” said GED teacher Rhonda Adams.

The man who runs the GED program, Akarem Spears, added, “Sometimes people have different reasons why they dropped out or didn’t finish.”

Martin Anderson, who now works as a heating and air conditioning technician said it took him about a year to complete the GED program going at night. It wasn’t easy.

“It had been about 36 years since I was in school,” said Anderson.

Michelle McLemore didn’t stop at a GED.

“In 2017 I went back to Faulkner University and I received a bachelor's in human resource management with healthcare administration emphasis,” she said.

Our congratulations to the teachers and graduates of Bishop State’s GED program. If you or someone you know is interested in applying and furthering your education, here is a link to the program’s website.

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