GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - When students drop out of high school, many often search for new alternatives such as a GED in order to move on with their lives. For some, however, that's not always enough.
More than 20 students graduated Wednesday evening from the International Relief and Development's Youth Build program. The training course offers students the opportunity to earn a GED, as well as learn other trades. That leaves them better equipped to succeed in the future.
"We try to keep them focused, as far as trying to sustain their employability. We also really focus on trying to get them into higher education," said Jake Cook, Program Director of the IRD's YouthBuild Program.
"I got my GED. I'm enrolled in college. I'm going to be taking classes here soon. I'm working toward my future," said Donna Cuevas, an IRD graduate.
The intensive, nine month training course is sponsored by the Department of Labor.