As 3WC News reported last week, a recent report released by the Center for Rural Strategies says that Wilkes County has seen an increase in the percentage of college graduates. In 1970, only 3.8 percent of those over 25 years of age had college degrees in Wilkes County. By 2010, that number had increased to 12.3 percent of adults here completing college. Dr. Marty Hemric, Supt of Wilkes County Schools, says it is important to instill in students from an early age the need for continuing education. AIR: My complete interview with Dr. Hemric can be heard as a Focus on the Foothills podcast on our website.