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February 24, 2012
Atlanta – The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Office of Adult Education recognized 31 of Georgia’s adult learners during the 2012 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Award luncheon held Thursday, February 15, at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta.
Now in its 19th year, the EAGLE Award honors Georgians for their outstanding participation and exceptional achievement in their local adult education programs.
The 31 EAGLE winners were each nominated by their adult education instructors from among the more than 82,000 adult learners in Georgia. Each student demonstrated exceptional perseverance, a positive attitude, superb classroom attendance, and excellent leadership skills while earning their GED® diploma.
Sandra Rose was selected as the Wiregrass Georgia Technical College 2012 EAGLE Delegate. Mrs. Rose is currently enrolled in the Wiregrass Adult Education Program. During the award luncheon, she was recognized as an EAGLE Advocate for her role in promoting the services and benefits of adult education. Mrs. Rose has assisted in organizing sidewalk sales to raise funds for GED scholarships, distributes literature on adult education, represented other adult education students at various community events in an effort to create awareness of the program, and mentors other students enrolling in adult education as they move forward in completing their GED requirements.
“We want to congratulate our EAGLE Student of the Year, Ms. Sandra Rose. She represented Wiregrass Georgia Tech and all of South Georgia exceptionally well at the Leadership Institute,” stated Dr. Ray Perren, Wiregrass President. “She was one of two EAGLE students from across the state to be recognized as EAGLE Advocates. Not only is she as excellent student herself, but she motivates the younger students in the program by constantly reminding them to focus on their career goals and how important the GED is to opening doors to their future careers.”
Alvin Payton, Wiregrass Vice President of Adult Education Services stated “Mrs. Rose is an exceptional person and student. She will represent Wiregrass Georgia Technical College and the Adult Education Program with distinction and professionalism.”
This year’s winners were presented with their EAGLE Award by TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson and Beverly Smith, the TCSG assistant commissioner for adult education. Jackson praised the winners’ achievements and said that their accomplishments make them outstanding role models in their communities. He encouraged them to become mentors and show others how adult education can transform their lives and open new doors of opportunity.
“Georgia’s EAGLE Award winners are outstanding examples of how the power of learning has brought remarkable change to their lives and provided them with new respect from their families, friends and coworkers,” said Jackson. “We congratulate this year’s 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.”
82,428 men and women enrolled in Georgia’s adult education programs during 2011. Last year, 19,006 Georgians earned their GED diploma. For information on the adult education programs through Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, visit www.wiregrass.edu or call 229-333-2123.