LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It is what educators and students call a milestone. The 1,000th graduate of Stubblefield Learning Center will soon walk across the stage.
Reaching this point in life has been a rocky road for Lauren Dubose. "Whenever I started here I'd never though that was going to be the way I was going to go out," said Dubose, 1,000th graduate.
"There's 1,000 good reasons, but this reason, this 1000th reason," said Gary Martel, Diboll ISD superintendent.
Lauren is the 1,000th graduate of Stubblefield Learning Center. She came to the school after she found out she was pregnant. "Even now that he's 15 months old, there's still struggles there," said Dubose. "Even just to have a normal life, you'll never have that normal teenage life again."
The center is now seeing a new age group coming back to finish what they started. "I am seeing an influx of individuals over the age of 21," said Sallye Darmstadter, Stubblefield Learning Center director.
Darmstadter said with the tough job market, more and more people are looking to finish high school. "The first to be cut are those, no matter how much experience they have, the ones that go first do have that high school diploma," she said.
From the cap to the gown, this is only the beginning for this young woman. "Start at AC and get my college life started so I can get my career going and actually start a life for me and Jaden," said Dubose.
Now she is one step closer to completing her dream.