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Spears to attend EAGLE Leadership Institute


Spears to attend EAGLE Leadership Institute

Diana-SpearsDiana Hardenbrook Spears will represent Altamaha Technical College at the EAGLE Leadership Institute March 18-21, 2013. (Photo provided)

(February 25, 2013) – Diana Hardenbrook Spears of Odum has been chosen to represent Altamaha Technical College at the EAGLE Leadership Institute March 18-21, 2013. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

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.

Spears earned her GED through Altamaha Technical College’s Academic Support Center at the Jesup Campus. She was nominated by instructor Antonia Frawley. She is currently enrolled in the Health Care Technology program at Altamaha Technical College and will eventually pursue the Licensed Practical Nursing program. Her overall career goal is to one day become a registered nurse.

“I plan to work in the nursing field doing what I love to do best – helping people,” said Spears.

She recommends others to attend an adult education program near them because “it’s a life changing experience, and a person can do anything they put their mind to doing. It will take hard work, but it can be done. Adult education will give anyone the skills needed to go to college and do something with their life. Going back to school is one of the most important choices a person will ever make – and it will give one a whole new outlook on life.”

Frawley calls Spears “a model adult education student”.

“Spears enrolled in adult education classes at Altamaha Technical College to pursue the GED after she learned that college would not accept her unaccredited high school diploma,” said Frawley. “Unemployed at the time, Diana made earning a GED her job. She demonstrated excellent leadership, work ethics and persistence in pursuit of her goal. She is an advocate for adult education at our college and serves as an enthusiastic role model and support to our currently enrolled students.”

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) through its Office of Adult Education (OAE) sponsors the annual Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership Institute.

Altamaha Technical College provides adult education in the form of GED training and literacy courses through its 15 Academic Support Centers. To learn more about adult education available through Altamaha Technical College’s Academic Support Center, contact Tabitha Ramsey at 912-427-5822.


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