Recipient of 100th GED scholarship takes steps to change her life
January 20 2011
Debbie Burdette presents Ashley Pierce with 100th GED Scholarship from Troup CLCP
Ashley Pierce, 25, was like so many high school students. Convinced she was wasting her time in school, Ashley decided to dropout midway through the 10th grade. When her class graduated from Callaway High School in 2004, Ashley was left to wonder what would become of her future.
With a series of service jobs offering little pay and no hope for advancement, Ashley decided it was time to take control of her future by returning to school to earn her GED. “Without a high school diploma, it became obvious to me that I would never have a chance to land a job that would provide for me and my 2 year old daughter, Addalie Raine Nash. I realized the importance of education and how quitting school would hold me back,” said Ms. Pierce.
Working with the Adult Education instructors at West Georgia Technical College, Ashley quickly mastered the subject matter she needed to be ready for the GED test. At the suggestion of her instructor, Pierce applied for a GED scholarship provided by the Troup Certified Literate Community Program (Troup CLCP).
Debbie Burdette, Executive Director of Troup Certified Literate Community Program, met Ashley during the interview she conducts with every scholarship applicant. “When I spoke with Ashley, I could tell she was committed to improving her life by earning her GED. I was proud to hear the good news that Ashley had passed her test and even prouder to know she was the recipient of the 100th GED scholarship granted by CLCP. Ashley continued our perfect rate of success as all 100 scholarship recipients have passed the test and earned their GED’s.”
Faith is very important in Ashley’s life and her faith is the reason why she has made so many positive steps after her early setback. “I’ve been blessed every day as my faith in God has pushed me to achieve my goals.”
“I am honored to be the 100th student to receive the GED scholarship and am very grateful to Mrs. Burdette and Troup CLCP for the opportunity I received with the GED scholarship. Their generosity provided me an opportunity to break out of my past and is a stepping stone to my future,” said Pierce. “Now my daughter will always be able to look up to me with pride, knowing anything is possible.
With her GED in hand, Ashley will begin classes in January to pursue an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice at WGTC. For young people thinking of quitting school and adults who wonder if it is worth the effort, Pierce says, “I am living proof that quitting school gets you nowhere and that it is never too late to further your education. Never give up. Hard work and effort will help you fulfill your dreams.