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EAGLE Winner at STC
Monday, 29 November 2010


Maureen Copeland (R) with her EAGLE Award and Hallie Webb, the instructor who nominated her for the honor.

November 29--  Hard work and determination are paying off for the woman who is this year's EAGLE award winner at Southeastern Technical College.

Maureen Copeland of Lyons is the school's representative in the Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education program.

"Like a lot of people, I dropped out of high school at a very early age and got married and had children.  I put my education on the back burner until my children were educated and then I decided it was time to do something for myself," she says.

Getting her GED has opened doors for Copeland who is now enrolled in Southeastern Tech studying criminall justice.  It took her 18-months to get her GED.

"Family support is very important.  We need to really get behind our children and our adults to keep backing them and keep supporting them to get their education.  That will help them continue on," she believes.

Copeland has four successful adult sons whom she says are a big part of her cheering section.  "They learned from me really pushing them, and now, they're pushing me.  The most support of all I got from my husband, George Copeland, who always supported me, didn't care that I wasn't working, he was all into whatever I needed to do to get my education," she says.

Maureen's goals are to become a state probation officer and eventually open a half-way house for women who have been released from prison. 

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