ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - It was standing room only at Piedmont Virginia Community College Thursday night as seven adult learners took the next big step in their lives.

These students are graduating with their GEDs and adult high school diplomas many after facing years of hardships along the way.

One graduate arrived in the United States two years ago with no English skills. Now, she's on her way to becoming a doctor.

"Unfortunately, because of the war, I couldn't continue my education in my country,” Sarah Fadhill said. “So, I just finished middle school. So, now, when I have an opportunity here to continue my education, it's something awesome."

If you're interested in getting your GED, Thomas Jefferson Adult and Career Education will be holding an open house next Saturday at IX Art Park. The program serves about 700 adult learners all throughout central Virginia.