Way to go GED recipients! Keep standing strong.
Ralph Korte, founder and retired chairman of The Korte Company, served as keynote speaker. The son of a dairy farmer in Pierron, Korte grew up with plans to take over the family farm. After being drafted into the Army, he earned his GED while serving. When he returned from service in 1956, he started a construction company with his cousin and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The Korte Company is now a $200 million design-build construction company that specializes in eco-friendly projects across the country – 42 states and counting. A generous philanthropist, Korte has donated to numerous organizations in the community, including the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation, the Girl Scouts River Bluff Council, the Boy Scouts of America, SIUE and SWIC.