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Successful Fund Drive for STC
Thursday, 27 March 2014

March 27-- Businesses in the Vidalia area contributed more than $30,000 to the Southeastern Technical College Foundation last week.

ImageVolunteers for the Foundation spent last Thursday morning visiting business leaders and asking them to help the college train people for jobs in this area  and were cheered on their way by the school's "Paul the Patriot" mascot and school President Dr. Cathy Mitchell.

Before hitting the streets for STC, the volunteers heard the personal story of the Assistant Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, Lisa Eason, who's a poster child for GED.

"I am a big proponent of education because that can change people's lives in ways they can never imagine.  I'm a prime example of that," she said.

The Assistant Commissioner is a high school dropout who found herself working in cotton mills with no chance of moving up.

"Whenever I saw I was never going to be promoted, I went to take my GED.  I managed to get through it, take it and pass it.  Then, it wasn't long before people told me I was smart enough to go to college.  I decided I was going to change everything that had happened to me as I was growing up and went to college.  That changed my life, but it wasn't easy.

"When I was going to college with three children, there were many days when I couldn't get a babysitter, especially for the youngest one who was two years old. I would take him to class with me.  I did whatever I had to do to better my situation.  That was my whole goal, to better my life and the lives of my children," she said.

After getting her degree in accounting, Eason got a job with the state of Georgia and now is in a position where she hopes her example will inspire others.

"It changed the future for me and my family.  Now I think that everybody I talk to about my story helps people," she believes.


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