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June 13, 2012
ATKINSON COUNTY GED graduates Roger Ashley Giddens, Alisha Otero, Wiregrass Adult Education Instructor Brianna Gillis, GED graduates Kathy Gutierrez, and Deidre Peach
BEN HILL COUNTY (back row): Gail Young, Wiregrass Adult Education Instructor, Brittany Stanford, Kim Hill, Kayla Reynolds, Thina Morrow, John Alewine, Billy Andaverde, Michael Clark, Stanley Gregory, Keith Young, Chasity Holloway, Jarrid Walker. Middle row: June Morris, Wiregrass Adult Education Instructor, Laura Parks, Niara Wimbley, Cheryl McDuffie, Martha Pittman, Herbert Andrews, Christopher Bryant, Linda Pearl Smith, Amy Clayton, Corra Little, Keisha Mond, Lethia Kittrell, Wiregrass Adult Education Instructor. Front row: Kiva Brownlee, Wiregrass Adult Education Instructor, Miranda Frazier, Casey Richardson, Haley Brown, Rolande Latimore, Hellinthia White, Tessia Hawes, Lakenya Andrews, Earnest Standard, Victoria Drummond, Dawn Wayson, Wanda McWhorter, Wiregrass Adult Education Instructor
COFFEE COUNTY (back row): Lakely Oliver, unknown, Yolanda Holmes, Ashley Carver, Cassie Glotkowski, Courtney Porter, Herman Sutton. Front row: Wiregrass Adult Education Instructors Renee Elliott, Shana Spivey, DeShawna Rohde, Benita Lott, Kim Nolan; Administrative Assistant, Linda Williams, and Para pro Tana Raper.
IRWIN COUNTY: Milton Riley, Sarah Robinson, Lethis Kittrell, Instructor, Stephanie Jackson
WILCOX COUNTY (Front row): Angela Gray, Susan Griffin, Wiregrass Adult Education Instructor, Heather Parks and Courtney Weaver. Back row: Cassandra Ussery and Tracy Forehand
Fitzgerald, GA—The Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Adult Education Services department is pleased to announce that 57 students were recently honored at a graduation ceremony for earning their General Educational Development credential this spring.
The ceremony was held at the Ben Hill-Irwin Campus of Wiregrass on June 8. Beverly E. Smith, Assistant Commissioner of Adult Education for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), gave the commencement speech.
Smith’s department at TCSG administers the U.S. Department of Education state-wide adult education grants, provides adult education training for over 72,000 Georgia citizens, and supports local literacy action groups throughout the state. Her office is also responsible for the administration of all GED testing in the state of Georgia. In addition to her role at TCSG, she is co-owner and senior vice-president of The HR Group, Inc., a management consulting firm. Smith career includes eighteen years with AT&T, college administrator for Kent University (Ohio) and Georgia State University, as well as a high school instructor in Ohio. She has a Masters in College Student Personnel Administration. Active in public service as well as a long term community volunteer, Smith has served on various boards for non-profit organizations such as United Way, and been named a “History Maker” by The HistoryMakers (thehistorymakers.com), a national African American Historical directory.
GED credential recipients include John Alewine, Billy Andaverde, Herbert Andrews, Lakenya Andrews, Haley Brown, Christopher Bryant, Cenie Carter, Ashley Carver, Michale Clark, Amy Clayton, Victoria Drummond, Tracy Forehand, Miranda Frazier, Cassie Glotkowski, Roger Giddens, Angela Gray, Kathy Gutierrez, Tessia Hawes, Kim Hill, Chasity Holloway, Yolanda Holmes, Austin Hullett, Stephanie Jackson, Rolande Latimore, Corra Little, Cheryl McDuffie, Riley Milton, Keisha Mond, Tony Moore, Thina Morrow, Kayla Murray, Lakely Oliver, Alisha Otero, Heather Parks, Laura Parks, Deidre Peach, Martha Pittman, Courtney Porter, Kayla Reynolds, Casey Richardson, Sarah Robinson, Terrance Robinson, Kaleb Smith, Linda Smith, Earnest Standard, Stanley Gregory, Brittany Stanford, Herman Sutton, Cassandra Ussery, Jarrid Walker, Markevious Wallace, Dawn Wayson, Courtney Weaver, Hellinthia White, Michelle Wilson, Niara Wimbley, and Keith Young.
These students worked very hard to obtain their diplomas and the hard work paid off,” said adult education director Sylvia Lockett. “Congratulations to these students for their accomplishments.”
Mr. Earnest Standard
This graduating class included 67-year-old Earnest Standard of Fitzgerald. Earnest enrolled in adult education classes in March of 2009 to prepare to take the GED exams. His reason for coming back was that he had been encouraging young people to finish their education when he had not done so himself. He felt he was being hypocritical for asking others to do something he had never done. After dealing with some health problems, he finally completed the GED exams in December of 2011.
For more information on preparing to take the GED test and earning the GED credential, please contact Wiregrass Adult Education Services at 229-423-8200.