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      1.2 million Georgian's don't have this piece of paper

      The Albany Tech Lee County Adult Education Center serves citizens in Lee County ranging from 16 to 100 years of age. Over the past five years, the program has produced at least 75 General Education Diploma (GED) graduates per year.During FY 2012, the Lee County Adult Education Center enrolled 186 students with the majority of students 16 to 18 years of age. One hundred ten students achieved at least one academic level and 29.4 percent of students enrolled transitioned to post-secondary education.Literacy week is an excellent opportunity to focus on the 1.2 million citizens in Georgia over the age of eighteen and the population of 16-17 year olds who have less than a high school education, said Linda Coston, Associate Vice President for Adult Education at Albany Technical College.Some students, like Bertha Comer, haven't been in a classroom for 15 years, but she's not letting that stop her."I made up my mind that I wanted to do something, and go back to school, to better myself, to get my G.E.D." said ComerThe new facility offers free G.E.D. prep classes to all Georgians. The only cost to the student is the actual G.E.D. test, which is $160. In some cases there are scholarships to help with that fee.