Columbus Technical College is proud to be the new home of adult education in the Chattahoochee Valley. So much so that it held a reception recently to officially kick-off its working relationship. Adult Education at Columbus Tech is now known as ACE (Adult & Community Education). The reception and program was held Thursday, August 22nd. About 40 invited guests came out to enjoy hors d’oevres, mingling, networking and a brief program that highlighted the newly-aquired division and various community partnerships that come along with it.
Columbus Technical College President Lorette M. Hoover welcomed the crowd with a touching story about her first student – Rosa- when she was and Adult Education instructor.
“Rosa came to our office wanting a new life for herself and her six children,” Hoover remembered. “Her front teeth were gone as a result of domestic violence. She tested at high levels, finished her GED, went to technical college and earned her radiologic technology degree. She is now in a supervisory position in radiology and earns a great salary; five of her six children are college graduates.”Vice President of Adult Education Dr. Sarah Beecham spoke about the program itself and what goals have been set. The ACE program at Columbus Technical College serves individuals in six counties (Muscogee, Harris, Chattahoochee, Stewart, Quitman, and Talbot). An estimated 1600 students are expected to be served over the next year.
Officials with the state office were also on hand as well as representatives from the Muscogee Literacy Alliance.
But the spotlight of the evening went to Giovanna Watts. Watts is a one of thousands of GED/Adult Education success stories. She had two years of college under her belt when she moved to the United States from Panama yet those credits weren’t transferable so she had to start over. Watts earned her GED, enrolled at Columbus Technical College and completed an associate’s degree in Pharmacy Technology. She is now studying at Columbus State University to become a Spanish teacher. For the last five years, she has been paying it forward to the program which brought her so much. Giovanna Watts is the intake specialist for ESL (English as a Second Language) students.
“When I register new students in ESL, I can relate to them because I’ve been in their shoes,” Watts said. “I thank God for the GED program and I love being able to give back.”
If you or someone you know needs to earn their GED or is interested in the ACE program, please call 706-641-5620.