Albany Technical College President Anthony Parker cuts the ribbon on ATC’s new Adult Education Center in Lee County Wednesday. From left are Katrina Towns, instructor at the Albany Tech Lee County Adult Education Center; Linda Coston, associate vice president of adult education at Albany Tech, and Virginia Parker, chairwoman of the Albany Tech Board of Directors.
LEESBURG, Ga. — Albany Technical College cut the ribbon on its newly relocated Adult Education Center in Lee County Wednesday morning. The center is located. at 1346-G U.S. Highway 19 South (next to Meatslanger’s).
The Albany Tech Lee County Adult Ed Center serves citizens in Lee County ranging from 16 to 100 years of age. Over the past five years, the program has produced at least 75 General Education Diploma (GED) graduates per year.
Jimmie Walls, a former student in the Lee County Adult Education program, has been named a Golden EAGLE Award winner for being the oldest graduate in the state of Georgia in 2005, while Keonna Tumblin was named an EAGLE delegate for 2011.
Tumblin was recently nominated for the GED Graduate Award and recently authored a book.
During FY 2012, the center enrolled 186 students, the majority of which were 16 to 18 years of age. One hundred ten students achieved at least one academic level and 29.4 percent of students enrolled transitioned to post-secondary education.
During this week of Sept. 10-14, adult education centers throughout Georgia, including Albany Tech, are offering adult learners the opportunity to take a GED practice test at no charge.
Staff will also be on hand at the centers to explain what’s needed to sign up for the GED preparation classes that are always free to every Georgian. They’ll also explain how the cost of taking the full set of GED tests shouldn’t be a deterrent to anyone because grants and other financial assistance, including a scholarship provided by AT&T, are available.
Many locations will be offering a look at the new computer-based GED test, which will be used statewide by the end of the year.
“Literacy week is an excellent opportunity to focus on the 1.2 million citizens in Georgia over the age of 18 and the population of 16-17-year-olds who have less than a high school education,” said Linda Coston, associate vice president for adult education at Albany Tech.
Included in the numbers are 29 counties where more than 30 percent of the adult population lack high school educations. The majority of the counties in the service delivery area of Albany Tech are included in the 29 counties and have a tremendous effect on economic development of those communities.
“Working together, we can create stronger families, communities, and a literate work force,” said Coston.