WINNER - Brandy Weaver (Whitfield)_
Brandy Weaver of Whitfield County is the 2016 EAGLE Representative for Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

(Dalton, GA) – Brandy Weaver of Whitfield County has been chosen to represent Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) at the EAGLE Leadership Institute March 14-16, 2016 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, Brandy Weaver exemplifies the purpose of the Adult Education program,” said Connie Smith, vice president of Adult Education at GNTC. “Despite difficult circumstances, she has achieved her goal of earning a GED® diploma, is employed, and is an active and enthusiastic volunteer who teaches other parents how to overcome personal loss.”


Weaver, a resident of Dalton, attended adult education classes at GNTC’s Whitfield Murray Campus and was nominated for the EAGLE award by Sherry Burgess. She received her General Educational Development® diploma in September and is currently employed at Compassion House. Weaver plans to continue her education with the goal of becoming a social worker.


Two 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.

Alona Faustova  (Gordon)
Alona Faustova of Resaca was a nominee for the EAGLE award and was named the representative for Gordon County.


Hilbeen Akrayee (Floyd)
Hilbeen Akrayee of Rome was a nominee for the EAGLE award and was named the representative for Floyd County.


The other nominees and county winners are Hilbeen Akrayee of Rome (Floyd) and Alona Faustova of Resaca (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.


Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has been instrumental in providing quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. The mission of Georgia Northwestern Technical College is to provide accessible, high quality technical education and workforce development opportunities.  Serving the nine counties of Catoosa; Chattooga; Dade; Floyd; Gordon; Murray; Polk; Walker; and Whitfield, GNTC has five convenient campus locations in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. With programs of study in business, health, industrial, and public service available, students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate from GNTC.  This past year, 14,562 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 8,249 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in the state of Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,313 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.