Kevin Hunt is on his way to becoming a household name.
The Little Rock native currently serves as the community philanthropy fellow at the University of Arkansas for the Center on Community Philanthropy at the Clinton School of Public Service. Before that, he served as minority affairs liaison under Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. He has earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree. In addition, Hunt is an author. His book, Why Me, God?, is set to be released in early 2018.
But he does not credit his accomplishments to his intellect or good luck. He salutes Arkansas Adult Education for it.
"It has amazing people working there who loved me and allowed me to learn at the rate that I learned and provided me with all the tools that I needed," Hunt said.
Hunt dropped out of junior high school and had begun to assume a life headed toward a downward spiral. He wanted better for himself, so he made a decision that would lead him on a positive path. Hunt enrolled in the Shorter College GED® program.
"The adult education community in the state of Arkansas has helped me, inspired me, and pushed me. They have just wanted to see me continue on in my professional and educational career. Without adult education, the people in the trenches doing the work and helping people like me, I wouldn't be in the position that I'm in today," Hunt said.
Hunt shared his story of success at the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) conference in October. This opportunity also allowed him to meet with congressional leaders, providing them with insight on GED® programs and urging lawmakers to support them.
"Kevin has definitely been one of our great success stories," said Trenia Miles, Ed.D., Deputy Director of Arkansas Adult Education, a division of the Arkansas Department of Career Education. "His journey is so inspiring that it will encourage anyone to take that next step. It is our continued hope that stories like Kevin's will inspire others without a high school diploma to enroll in adult education and begin their journey towards a fulfilling life."
Hunt has become one of Arkansas Adult Education's most recognized alumni, serving as a voice on commercials and even as a speaker at various events. In 2016, Hunt was presented with the Outstanding Student Achievement Award by Adult Education. This honor was bestowed upon him during the 50th Anniversary of Adult Education in Arkansas.
"Now that I have my GED®, all the doors have been opened for me, and the opportunities have been coming to me," he said.
After he releases his book, Hunt wants to be a motivational speaker, sharing his story with youth at Boys and Girls clubs, juvenile and re-entry facilities, and schools. He wants to encourage his listeners to work hard, set dreams, and soar.
After all, it is what Adult Education helped him to do.
"I needed Adult Education, and I didn't know I needed it. It helped propel me to where I am. I thank God for placing it in my life to help lead me," Hunt said.