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SGTC 2016 EAGLE winner selected as finalist for state

AMERICUS — Amanda Farley of Americus represented South Georgia Technical College’s (SGTC) Adult Education program at the Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) conference in Atlanta recently and was selected as one of eight finalists for the State EAGLE Award by the Technical College System of Georgia.  She was nominated by her instructor Tonya Visage.
The EAGLE Program celebrates adult learners in pursuit of excellence. The program recognizes and honors students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in statewide adult education classes. The concept of EAGLE is one designed to create a greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster involvement in lifelong learning pursuits. Adult learners from each of the technical colleges in Georgia were at the conference.
Adult Education teachers in public, private, and grantee agencies nominate students at the local program level to participate in the EAGLE recognition program.  Selection criteria include student character, attitude, attendance, leadership and community involvement and activities. Only one student from each technical college is selected to represent the local program at the state EAGLE Leadership Institute.
“As the South Georgia Technical College Adult Education Eagle winner and the SGTC delegate to the statewide Leadership Conference, Amanda Farley exemplifies the purpose of the Adult Education program,” said Jan Hobgood, assistant vice president of Adult Education at SGTC.

From left, nominating instructor, Tonya Vissage, and EAGLE recipient Amanda Farley.

From left, nominating instructor, Tonya Vissage, and EAGLE recipient Amanda Farley.

Despite difficult circumstances, she has achieved her goal of earning a GED diploma. She works at Sweet Georgia Baking Co. and is and is enrolled in the Medical Assisting program at South Georgia Tech. She plans to enter the practical nursing program and eventually become a registered nurse. She has done a lot of work in a short period of time and is a great role model for other students who have overcome personal loss or difficulties,” said Hobgood.   “She has a strong desire to help others, displays a positive attitude, strong work and study ethics.”
EAGLE is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. This student recognition program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.
The Technical College System of Georgia through its Office of Adult Education sponsors the annual EAGLE Leadership Institute.