Old Coppinville was the stage for another graduation as 45 students spanning Coffee, Dale, Geneva and Covington Counties walked across the stage at the Youth Enrichment Services Program graduation on June 21.

The Coppinville School of Opportunity currently holds the office of the Coffee County YES Program.

Graduates accepted either a general education development diploma or a diploma from James Madison High School, which is granted through distance-learning.

Chairman of Region 6 AlabamaWorks Board David Norwood provided the commencement address.

“Everbody in this room has a story,” Norwood said. “And I will challenge you to harness that power. Harness the power of your story—good or bad—to challenge yourself to be better, to pick you up when you need those times to look back and see how far you’ve come and continue to move forward.”

Norwood discussed his trip through life and education and not finding his passion in life until he discovered economic development later in his life.

“Never give up,” Norwood said.

The YES Program was created in 2002 as an initiative to create a better educated workforce by targeting out-of-school youth ages 17-24 who meet the Alabama Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act requirements. Youth in the program earn a GED or diploma as well as the Career Readiness Certificate.

This project is funded 100 percent with federal funds made available to the State of Alabama Department of Commerce by the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration as the Grantor.

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