Adrian Venegas-Garcia, winner of the Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) EAGLE Award for 2019, was chosen as one of eight regional finalists for the State EAGLE Award by the Technical College System of Georgia.
The statewide EAGLE Leadership Institute is currently underway at the Atlanta Waverly Hotel. The winner will be announced at a luncheon on Wednesday, March 13. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.
A resident of Henry County, Venegas-Garcia took Adult Education classes at the SCTC Henry County Center and has recently received his GED. Adrian Venegas-Garcia, a native of Mexico, came to the United States of America in 2015, unable to speak the English language. With only twenty-five percent of his peers graduating from high school in his native country, the opportunities for a better education, professional development and career, his family recognized the value of migrating to the USA. In October of 2017, Adrian enrolled in the Adult Education, ESL program at Southern Crescent. He transitioned to the GED program after 5 months and successfully completed the program, earning his GED in October 2018. While going to school, he maintained a full time job. Adrian is planning to enroll in the Business Management program Fall semester. In his leisure time, Adrian loves singing and international travel.
Venegas-Garcia stated, “I spoke very little English when first began my classes at Southern Crescent Technical College. I was determined to better myself and I knew that obtaining my GED was where I needed to begin. I enrolled in Adult Education classes and set a goal of passing all sections of the GED by my 21st birthday. With the help of my instructors at Southern Crescent Technical College, this dream became a reality. Without SCTC and the Adult Education program, I would not have been able to learn the leadership, communication, and teamwork skills needed to succeed in the workplace, college, and beyond.”
EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) 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 through its Office of Adult Education sponsors the annual Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership Institute.