There’s No Better Time than Now
December 8, 2015 05:58 PM
When you walk in the “door to the left” of the Senior Center in Eulonia, be prepared to enter a program and classroom where encouraging phrases like, “Yes, you can do this,” Tthe only one standing in your way is you,” and “What took you so long to come back?” are used.
Megan Jacobs (see photo on right), a Coastal Pines Technical College adult education instructor, welcomes visitors and encourages everyone to come and see what the Eulonia adult education program offers under her direction. The door is always open for new students. And, Ms. Jacobs is frequently heard saying, “There is no better time than now to begin,” when talking to individuals who show an interest in earning a GED, preparing for the Georgia WorkKeysAssessment, learning to read, improving or creating a resume, brushing up on computer skills or learning interview skills.
A native of McIntosh County, Jacobs is no stranger to many of her students or their families. She is a graduate of McIntosh County Academy and holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from nearby Georgia Southern University. Her degree is accompanied by concentrations in Spanish and Philosophy. As an atypical instructor, due to her background, Jacobs has traversed the socio-economic spectrum of McIntosh County.
“I’ve seen wonderful beauty and terrible sadness in the circumstances of our residents,” she stated. “I have spent much of my life wondering what role, however small, I could play to improve the lives of those in need. I have found that often times current circumstances boil down to two major underlying factors: available resources and - more importantly – one’s sense of self-worth.”
Megan follows our beloved Mr. Charlie Davis as the McIntosh adult education instructor. She walked into the classroom and accepted the position with the conviction that she would make it her priority to strengthen both factors - available resources and one’s sense of self-worth - through education. On the heels of Mr. Davis’s enduring dedication to the program, Jacobs made her debut one year ago with high expectations for herself and her students. And together, they have made great strides. Jacobs looks forward to continuing growth for the program and life-changing success for McIntosh citizens.
In McIntosh County, Megan wants to see others benefit from the services she is offering through the Center, and she wants everyone to know all of the instruction and supplies are FREE. Jacobs explained, “Being in a small town, there aren’t always a lot of resources that citizens can utilize – or our citizens simply aren’t aware of them. So I want to make sure that everyone knows that these services are available and that all that is required of a student is money for gas and their time.”
The program is designed for adults who need assistance with academic skills that lead to a stronger workforce. With more industry coming to the area, this means more jobs in the future, and those who have had a hard time finding work due to inadequate academic skills or a GED requirement will hopefully take advantage of this program to secure work for their future.
The program, located at the McIntosh County Multi-PurposeCenter in Eulonia, is open Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. until noon. Pat Walker teaches night classes at the Center on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5 – 9 p.m. For those who live on the southend of the county, classes are held in the Ida HiltonLibrary on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 - 5 p.m. and are taught by Eloise Mells.
When students enroll in the adult education program, Ms. Jacobs requires one thing, a commitment to work. According to Jacobs, if a student comes in with a commitment to improve reading and math skills, everything begins to change, and realistic, focused goals take shape. Jacobs advises students based on the goals they set when they enroll in the program. Students who follow the plan develop self-confidence from their success in the program, which leads to success.
Ms. Jacobs likes to stress to potential students, “This program caters to you and your needs. It works at your pace. There is no pass or fail. It is about your willingness to learn.”
Scholarship funds are available for the GED test that normally costs $160. All graduates who are Georgia residents earn a $500 HOPE voucher to continue their education at a technical college or any other state college. Also, McIntosh County residents who earn a GED are eligible for the R.J. Reynolds Scholarship. For more information on the Adult Education program in McIntosh County, call Ms. Megan Jacobs at 912.832.5950.
Coastal Pines Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution serving Appling, Bacon, Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Glynn, Jeff Davis, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Ware and Wayne counties.