Holston Named Scholarship Recipient
Melissa Holston of Thomaston has been named a 2014 recipient of the Shirley Carver Miller scholarship. The purpose of the Shirley Carver Miller Scholarship is to reward GED graduates by providing a financial incentive to work toward continuing their education at one of Georgia’s technical colleges. Ms. Holston is a former student of the Southern Crescent Technical College Adult Education program in Upson County. She was nominated for this scholarship by Upson READ, Upson County’s Certified Literate Community Commission, and her former SCTC Adult Education instructor, Mrs. Chelsea McGhee. Ms. Holston received her GED in 2013 from Central Georgia Technical College and is currently pursuing a Practical Nursing Associate Degree at Southern Crescent Technical College.
Upon notification of the award, Holston stated, “I am very thankful to all those who have helped and supported me in my endeavors. None of it would have been possible without your encouragement.”
SCTC Receives Dollar General Grant for GED Testing Scholarships in Henry County
Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation, Inc. received a $10,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The grant will be used to implement an advocacy program to expand Adult Education enrollment and student success in Henry County.
Southern Crescent Technical College provides testing services for the General Educational Development (GED ®). The GED Test is a group of four tests that certifies the successful test-taker has high school level academic skills. The credential is recognized by most educational and business organizations as the equivalent of a high school diploma.
In order to prepare individuals to pass the GED, the Adult Education Program has classes that are specifically designed for adults who have different needs, backgrounds, and skills. A flexible program has been designed which meets the needs of any individual wishing to participate.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants to organizations in communities served by Dollar General. The literacy grants support nonprofit organizations that provide literacy services such as adult basic education, GED preparation, English language acquisition or programs for youth who struggle with reading.
The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation promotes the cause of higher education at Southern Crescent Technical College by acquiring and administering cash, grants, and other funds and properties principally from industries, businesses, individuals, corporations, other organizations, associations or foundations, as well as from faculty, staff, alumni, and other friends of the College. In addition, the Foundation assists students by providing scholarships and provides assistance to the College for the support and development of the College in its educational, cultural, social, civic, and professional endeavors and development. The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation is a non-profit corporation established under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for over 20 years. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $92 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than five million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.org.
Elizabeth Hitchcock Named Southern Crescent Technical College EAGLE Winner
Melissa Gordon, Vice President for Adult Education, recently announced that Elizabeth Hitchcock has been chosen to represent Southern Crescent Technical College’s Adult Education Program at the EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) Leadership Institute in Atlanta. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.
Ms. Hitchcock was chosen from the winners of the local EAGLE competition for Southern Crescent Technical College Adult Education’s Service Delivery Area (SDA) which consists of the following eight counties: Butts, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Fayette, Pike, Spalding and Upson. Participants were judged on a speech and interview session by judges Barbara Jo Cook, Xenia Johns, Brent Mayes and Dr. Dawn Hodges. Also nominated were: Rebecca Kirby, nominated by Erin Dickey from Butts County and Tiffany Kate Smith, nominated by Chelsea McGhee from Upson County.
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.
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.
Adult Education Program Excels
The Southern Crescent Technical College Adult Education program recently received recognition at their State conference for outstanding achievements during Fiscal Year 2013. The program was recognized for Overall Achievement of Educational Gain Benchmarks for its classes in Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education and English as a Second Language. It also received recognition for the Greatest Use of Volunteer Support in a medium size program, 1201-2499 students served annually.
Southern Crescent Technical College President Dr. Randall Peters stated, “What an accomplishment for the Adult Education Department and the entire College. Congratulations to these instructors and the entire Adult Education program for the vital role they play in educating our local community.”