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Alabama students that didn’t graduate get second chance at diploma

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ Dropouts and students who failed Alabama’s graduation exam are heading to community colleges for the state’s new high-school diploma.

The system’s adult education director, David Walters, tells Al.com (http://bit.ly/2fw4c9P ) that more than 125 adults had joined the free program two days after enrollment opened. He says that’s exciting, since there hadn’t been any formal announcement about enrollment.

He says the state’s economic development is hurt by the high number of Alabama adults _ 500,000 _ who don’t have a high-school or General Education Development diploma.

The director of adult education at Northeast Alabama Community College says some people have earned credentials for the new diploma in less than a month.

Kip Williamson says one is now taking standard community college courses.