Shaw Industries Group, Inc. honored 63 associates who successfully completed the GED Program at Shaw’s 14th Annual GED Recognition Luncheon a couple weeks ago in Dalton, Ga. Over the past 14 years, Shaw has helped more than 1,400 associates earn their GED through the Shaw Learning Academy.

Danny Crutchfield, director of corporate training and organizational development, began the luncheon by applauding the graduates’ efforts and accomplishments of obtaining a GED certificate while maintaining a full-time commitment to their work and family. “We’ll continue to challenge you to keep growing and keep learning,” said Crutchfield.

“An education is something that no one can take away from you. An education opens doors. It provides opportunities in the workplace,” said Shaw CEO Vance Bell. “I’m proud that we invest in our people. If we’re investing in our people, we will be more competitive and more successful.”

Jason Moore, a graduating associate, spoke at the luncheon recalling his decision to quit school at age 16 to help financially support his family. “The thought of going back to school and finishing slipped away. After enrolling in the GED program at Shaw, I was focused. Today I stand before you a GED graduate. Words can never express the change this has brought to my life.”   

The graduates are a wide range of ages and include both genders. Graduates received a certificate and a class ring. Shaw President Randy Merritt encouraged the graduates to continue their education with courses at the Shaw Learning Academy or through the company’s partnership with Dalton State College.