ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — Enterprise State Community College has chosen a new adult education coordinator, according to a press release.
Steve Graves will now wield the reins of the program, which offers free classes for adults to learn English and receive their GED, among other things.
According to ESCC, Graves has a wealth of experience regarding the subject, beginning with his time at Auburn University, where he took courses on adult education. He would later spend 31 years at Enterprise High School.
“While serving as assistant principal/career technical director at Enterprise High School, I had the opportunity to offer an Adult Education class through our Career Technical Education Department,” Graves said. “After retiring from Enterprise High School, I started working with the Alfred Saliba Family Service Center in Dothan. I served as program coordinator for a program which partnered with Wallace Community College’s Adult Education Department. We provided tutoring, financial assistance and support to students ages 16-24 enrolled in the GED classes. During the five years I was there, we helped 73 students earn their GED.”
Graves said adult education is essentially education following high school, even including seminars people may take for their work. As such, it is “ever changing to meet the needs of the students.”
“I want the ESCC Adult Education Department to be ‘Ray of Hope’ for those individuals who desire to improve their education level, employment opportunities, personal or daily use skills, and other skills that help to make them the type of person they desire to be,” he said.
President Matt Rodgers spoke highly of Graves, pointing out his longstanding reputation in Enterprise and his work with the Saliba Center in Enterprise.
“Steve is a great man with a huge heart,” Rodgers said. “He will help many people in the communities we serve to further their education.”
For Graves, he said he is glad to be working with Rodgers and Dean of Instruction Daniel Long and that coming to work at ESCC is like coming home.
“I spent three years here after the tornado destroyed Enterprise High School,” he said. “The ESCC family opened their doors and welcomed us into their home. I made some dear friends during this time. Many of them are still here.