Student stories




Registration for GED classes continues throughout the school year, but we encourage students to register as close to the start of the semester as possible. Call 850-922-5343 for more information.


Click on the photos below to hear these ACE Alumni share their stories.

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matt mchaffie

Matt was working at construction and restaurant jobs in high school and wanted to go to work full time at age 16. He found ACE, where he could earn his high school diploma and graduate early. With all the experience he had and the high school diploma he was able to take and pass the GED® test to earn his contractor's license by age 22! He was one of the youngest, if not the youngest person, to ever pass the test in Leon County. He now owns his own construction company GBGH Construction.
Click on Matt's photo to hear his story.
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christina blankenship

Christina dropped out of high school and thought her dream of becoming a school teacher was lost. Then, she learned about ACE and was able to complete her high school diploma and go on to earn a bachelor's degree. Now she's an elementary school teacher in Leon County. Listen to Christina's story by clicking on her photo above.
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ernest keahey

It had been more than 20 years since Earnest had been in school. He found caring teachers who helped him channel all the knowledge he'd learned in life into his academics, pass the GED and earn a high school diploma! Earnest went on to Lively Technical Center for additional training in his chosen career.