Atlanta - 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 held Friday, February 13, 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.
Tracy Staines-Powers, the EAGLE Ambassador from Central Georgia Technical College was honored during the luncheon. Powers, who is from Jones County, was selected as CGTC’s EAGLE Ambassador on November 14. She serves as a local ambassador for literacy education in CGTC's service delivery area of Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe, Putnam and Twiggs counties.
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.
About Central Georgia Technical College
A comprehensive higher education institution, Central Georgia Technical College provides students more than 200 career program opportunities with numerous degree, diploma and certificate options, in addition to customized business and industry services, continuing education and adult education services. The College serves Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe, Putnam and Twiggs Counties.
CGTC Adult Education instructor Louise Rowland (left), who nominated Tracy Staines-Powers (right) for CGTC's 2009 EAGLE Award.
TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson (left), and Assistant Commissioner, Adult Education Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor (right) congratulates Tracy Staines-Powers at the 2009 EAGLE Awards Luncheon in Atlanta.