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Adkins Honored with Annual EAGLE Award

Diane Nichol Adkins of Folkston was recently named the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) award winner for 2009. Adkins was nominated for this honor by her Adult Education instructor, Darrell Casey.

Although Adkins was unable to attend the 2009 EAGLE award luncheon held Friday, February 13, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, she represents OTC well and received her award at a later date from Adult Education Executive Director Pete Mills. The Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) Office of Adult Education recognized 37 of Georgia’s adult learners this year. The winners were nominated by their adult education instructors from among the more than 90,000 adult learners in Georgia.Diane Nichol Adkins

Now in its 16th year, the EAGLE award honors adult learners for their outstanding participation and exceptional achievement in their local adult education programs. 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.

“I did it,” stated Adkins, referring to her decision to enroll in the Charlton County Adult Education program, “and this has caused me to be very happy about that decision because now I feel like I have a chance at a successful and more productive future.” Ms. Adkins plans to continue her education and eventually work as a Registered Nurse.

EAGLE winners attending the award luncheon were presented their EAGLE award by Ron Jackson, the commissioner of the TCSG. Mills accepted Ms. Adkins’ award on her behalf. Jackson reminded the winners that their recognition comes with the important responsibility of being an ambassador for Georgia’s adult education and GED programs.  Ms. Adkins will serve as an ambassador for adult education by spreading the word that adult education centers are located throughout the state of Georgia to promote lifelong learning, whether it is providing help in getting a GED, help in reading, or help in learning the English language.

“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.


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