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STC Eagle Winner Among Honorees
Wednesday, 18 February 2009

February 18-- The Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) Office of Adult Education recognized 37 of Georgia’s adult learners during the annual Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) award luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta. Now in its 16th year, the EAGLE award honors adult learners for their outstanding participation and exceptional achievement in their local adult education programs.

Commissioner Ron Brown, Technical College System of Georgia; Shaquanda Wells of Uvalda, STC Eagle Award Winner; Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor, Assistant Commissioner For Adult Education.

ShaQuanda Wells represented Southeastern Tech at the EAGLE awards.  She has influenced 3 students to join GED classes to date.  Wells has already made plans to enroll in a technical college after she receives her GED. “Don’t give up.  Keep on trying,” said Wells.  “You can reach your goals if you set yourself goals.”                           

The 37 EAGLE winners were nominated by their adult education instructors from among the more than 90,000 adult learners in Georgia. Each student demonstrated exceptional perseverance and hard work to obtain a GED as well as a positive attitude, superb classroom attendance and excellent leadership skills.

This year’s winners were presented their EAGLE award by Ron Jackson, the commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia. Jackson reminded the winners that their recognition comes with the important responsibility of being an ambassador for Georgia’s adult education and GED programs. 

“Georgia’s EAGLE winners are real-life success stories of how adult learning can transform lives, improve job prospects and create brighter futures for them and their families,” said Jackson. “We congratulate our EAGLE winners on their achievement and ask for their help as influential role models for the 1.3 million adult Georgians who still do not possess a high school diploma.” 

90,567 men and women enrolled in Georgia’s adult education programs during 2008.  There were 19,696 GED diplomas awarded last year.


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