(Left to Right, Back Row) Alejandro Sanchez, Jr. (Murray), Amy Thrift (Gordon), Christian Harrington (Walker), Lilia Ordones (Whitfield). (Left to Right, Front Row) Kimberly Riddle (Catoosa), Tiffany Miller (Floyd), Rita Lee Hammond (Polk).
(Left to Right, Back Row) Alejandro Sanchez, Jr. (Murray), Amy Thrift (Gordon), Christian Harrington (Walker), Lilia Ordones (Whitfield).
(Left to Right, Front Row) Kimberly Riddle (Catoosa), Tiffany Miller (Floyd), Rita Lee Hammond (Polk).

(Walker County, GA) – Christian Harrington of Walker County has been chosen to represent Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) at the EAGLE Leadership Institute March 16-18, 2015, in Atlanta.

The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

“As the winner and GNTC delegate to the statewide Leadership Institute, Christian Harrington exemplifies the purpose of the Adult Education program,” said Connie Smith, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. “Despite difficult circumstances, he has achieved his goal of earning a GED® diploma, is now employed, actively involved in his community, and plans to continue his education.”

Harrington attended adult education classes at the Rossville Adult Literacy Center and was nominated for the EAGLE award by Kali Ratcliff. He received his General Educational Development® diploma in October and is currently employed at Sign-A-Rama in East Ridge, Tennessee.

Six other nominees were named as county representatives and will serve for a year as ambassadors for their adult learning centers in an effort to encourage other adults to take advantage of educational opportunities.

The other nominees and county winners are Rita Lee Hammond (Polk), Tiffany Miller (Floyd), Lilia Ordones (Whitfield), Kimberly Riddle (Catoosa), Alejandro Sanchez, Jr. (Murray), and Amy Thrift (Gordon).

“We are so proud of our county winners who competed for the EAGLE award,” said Smith “The instructors had outstanding nominees.”

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 (TCSG) through its Office of Adult Education (OAE) sponsors the annual Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership Institute.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia.