As a high school dropout, Shane Haley earned his GED at 16 years old. But by age 25, he was still working six days a week at a Cracker Barrel until he was 25, he struggled to make ends meet for rent.
“I knew things weren’t going to change unless I did something different,” explained Haley, a native of Houston, Texas. “One day I was chatting with my mom on the phone when she mentioned that there was a college in Aberdeen, where she was living. So, I took the opportunity and moved in with her.”