January 03, 2014
Gwinnett Tech Student Named One of Georgia's 2014 EAGLE Delegates
Syedah Hill is the GTC Representative for the Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education Award
Gwinnett Tech student Syedah Hill has been named one of Georgia's 2014 EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) delegates for her outstanding performance in adult education.
Each year, the Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Award recognizes the educational achievement and outstanding leadership skills demonstrated by students who are in the process of studying for or have earned their GED® credential at one of Georgia's 24 technical colleges.
Instructor Judith Plumb nominated Hill, originally from New York, to represent GTC as this year's EAGLE delegate. Hill, who now lives in Atlanta, has shown great perseverance in pursuing her GED® credential at Gwinnett Tech. "She is dedicated to her goal. She rides the bus two hours each way, three days a week to get to class," says Plumb. "Syedah knows what she wants for her future and is doing what is necessary to achieve her goals."
Hill says she struggled as a child in school and dropped out as soon as she could. "I didn't want to be there." As a young adult, she earned a certificate in medical assisting, but couldn't find work in the field without a high school diploma or the GED® credential.
"Now that I have my GED®, something I never even thought was possible, there are so many things I want to do – get a job as a medical assistant, save money, go back to school, earn my bachelor's degree and become a family counselor," she says.
Hill attributes her success to finding a GED® preparation program that supported her and she encourages others to earn their credential. "You can become an inspiration to people. They'll see you turning your life around and they'll want to do it, too."
Gwinnett Tech's Adult Education Division served 6,329 students in FY '13, offering classes in more than ten locations in Gwinnett and North Fulton. Gwinnett Tech had the largest percentage growth in GED® test-takers in the state last year, while enrollment in the college's GED® exam preparation program increased 91 percent to 874 in FY '13.
Last year, almost 19,000 Georgians earned their GED® diploma.
GTC offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate student options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.
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