Earning his GED® at age 34 has given Jeffrey Melton a chance at a new career. The South Hill resident was working as a mechanic but after receiving his GED®, he will soon begin training at the police academy to obtain a job in law enforcement as a correctional officer at Meherrin River Regional Jail.
After dropping out of high school as a teenager, a full time job and other responsibilities prevented him from pursuing his equivalency diploma until recently. His dedication and persistence of two years lead to him receiving a GED® in November of 2016 and he plans to attend the graduation ceremony held at Southside Virginia Community College in June 2017.
Melton notes that he was very impressed with the program and he likes to promote the program when he has a chance. He is appreciative of the support he received through the program and especially thankful for Mrs. Flora Lewis, his teacher. Melton said he could always have questions answered and was able to gain social skills, time-management skills, and computer skills so he always looked forward to coming to class.
Melton’s advice to others wanting to pursue their GED® is, “never give up, don’t get frustrated, ask for help and listen more than you talk!!” He notes that he was inspired to complete the task by his own motivation, his teacher and his father. He always wanted to get his GED® and he wants others to know it is never too late.
“By obtaining your GED, you can better yourself so don’t let others discourage you if this is your goal,” he said.