Adults - Kentucky GED success stories

When you're making college plans, it's normal to feel a little uncertain at times. After all, it's one of the biggest decisions in your life. It really helps to know that other students out there struggled with the same feelings and got through it. Here are the words of real students who have been there:

Melanie Alexander

Who is Melanie Alexander?

 became a mother at age 15 and proved herself by earning her GED and a licensed practical nurse certificate. She works at a nursing home and plans to become a registered nurse.

 Meet Mary Lue Byrum  

Who is Mary Lue Byrum?

Mary Lue is an 8th grade teacher, mother of two and grandmother of seven. At age 15, Mary Lue left school to get married. When her sons were young, she earned her GED® as a role model for them.

To fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher, she went to college and earned associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

 Meet Dr. Leah Shannon Cobb  

Who is Dr. Leah Shannon Cobb?

Leah is a former minimum-wage employee who is now a physician specializing in child psychiatry. Leah left high school due to social pressures. After working at several low-wage jobs, she proved herself by enrolling in community college, going to medical school and becoming a doctor.

 Meet Angel Fish


Who is Angel Fish?

 worked at a steel mill for 15 years. When it closed, she couldn’t find a job without a diploma. She proved herself by earning a GED® and enrolling in nursing school.

 Meet Eric Greenlief


Who is Eric Greenlief?

 joined the U.S. Navy and proved himself in war. To prove himself at home, he earned his GED® and joined the police force.

 Meet James Jones


Who is James Jones?

At age 51, James proved himself by getting his GED®. He studied through the Internet, at his own pace, on his own time, from his own home.

 Meet James Meyer  

Who is James Meyer?

James is the first in his family to attend college. James left high school for family reasons but proved himself by earning his GED® and winning scholarships for college. He plans to become a psychiatrist.

 Meet Lonzell Miles  

Who is Lonzell Miles?

Lonzell is a father of two and Little League coach. Lonzell proved himself by earning his GED® at age 35. He’s enrolling in college and his young sons already have college plans themselves.

Meet Maria Rivera

Who is Maria Rivera?

Maria proved herself by earning a GED® and studying to be a teacher. Through the adult education family literacy program, she learned how to help her children succeed in school, too.

Meet the Torians

Who are Robert and Charlotte Torian?

Robert, a U.S. Army Veteran, lost out on good jobs because he didn’t finish high school. With his wife’s encouragement, he proved himself by earning his GED® 30 years after leaving school. The GED® opened employment doors for him.

Charlotte’s faith and children motivated her to take the GED® test. Her graduation 28 years after high school was one of the happiest days of her life. She says, “If you want to be somebody, you must have an education. Don’t give up!”