Columbus Technical College’s EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) winner Carrie Freeman has seen her share of big life changes over the last year or so. And when she realized that without a GED (General Equivalency Diploma), she couldn’t find work, she set out to get her diploma. But when Carrie took the placement exam, the news was not good.
“I tested at a third grade level,” Freeman remembered. “I was just so disappointed in myself and frustrated but I was determined to finish all the testing and get my GED.”
Carrie’s determination paid off; she earned her General Equivalency Diploma in December of 2013. Today, she is a student at Columbus Technical College enrolled in the Computer Support Specialist program. As the College’s Adult Education student of the year, she participated in a statewide competition for EAGLE. While she didn’t win at the regional or state level, she’s still top in our book; in fact, Carrie took home a trophy and, like all her EAGLE peers in the Technical College System, she won an iPad Air!
Columbus Technical College President Lorette M. Hoover describes Carrie Freeman as “a dynamic lady and a true inspiration.”
About EAGLE: The EAGLE Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs. This is the first statewide program in the country that acknowledges and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. EAGLE is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities available in communities across Georgia and to foster a greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.
FYI: April 23-25, Atlanta will be hosting the students and instructors of the year for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) at the annual GOAL/Rick Perkins competition. We’ll keep you posted!