Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - email@example.com
Charles Williams of Tunica, left, proudly holds his GED diploma he recently earned through CCC's MI-BEST program. He's pictured along with CCC Navigator Nekedra Blockett, who also presented Williams with a $200 check from the MI-BEST program to celebrate his achievement.
CLARKSDALE – In 2013, Charles Williams decided that enough was enough.
Although he’d dropped out of high school decades earlier, Williams knew it was time to get serious about furthering his education.
“I knew I had to go back to school to better my life … to get career instead of just a job,” said the Tunica native.
So, becoming the epitome of the phrase “it’s never too late”, a 49-year-old Williams enrolled in GED classes offered by Coahoma Community College in Tunica. He quickly mastered each section of the high school equivalency, but met a challenge when it came down to the Math.
Still, his commitment to passing the test didn’t waiver.
Noticing Williams’ persistence, his GED instructor recommended him to a new program offered at CCC called MI-BEST, designed to allow individuals to earn college credit while completing their GED.
Once the program kicked off in Jan. 2016, Williams would become one of its first recruits.
“For me, (MI-BEST) was a dream come true,” he said.
Williams continued his GED courses, while also taking courses in CCC’s Industrial Maintenance program.
Then, on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, it happened—Williams successfully passed his GED test at the age of 52.
“I couldn’t believe it! It made me feel like I accomplished something great,” said Williams with a proud smile.
Williams is most excited about the fact that he didn’t let his granddaughter, whom he describes as his biggest fan, down.
“My grandbaby—she’s was the one who kept pushing me,” he said. “She’s off in college herself at Clark-Atlanta (University) but she kept me going … especially when I wasn’t doing too good on the math section.”
CCC Career Pathway Navigator Nekedra Blockett said she’s witnessed Williams’ hard work and dedication first-hand and is excited to see it pay off.
“One thing about Mr. Williams was that he remained persistent. He came to class faithfully,” said Blockett. “He wanted to pass the GED so bad, and when he did it I was so excited for him. He definitely earned it and deserved it.”
Williams said he’s now turned all of his focus on completing his associate’s degree in Industrial Maintenance and starting his new career.
“I’m just thankful for this opportunity and to Ms. Blockett for believing in me,” he said. “My message to anybody trying to achieve a dream is don’t’ give up. If you have a dream, you can’t accomplish it by giving up. Keep trying.”
For more questions or information about CCC’s MI-BEST program, contact Blockett at (662) 621-4301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.