Norma McKuhen to Attend EAGLE Leadership Institute
December 5, 2013 - Norma McKuhen has been chosen to represent Southeastern Technical College at the EAGLE Leadership Institute March 25 - 27, 2014. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.
Since the age of 17, McKuhen, originally from Florida, had held a series of well-paying jobs and management positions without a high school diploma. This wasn’t an issue until, at 57, McKuhen moved to Soperton, Ga., after her husband’s health problems required relocation. Starting over in a new community, McKuhen suddenly realized she lacked something important.
“I needed an education,” said McKuhen. “Because of the adult education program at Southeastern Technical College, I was able to enroll in the GED program. Four months later, I am happy to say I am a GED graduate.”
Once that was complete, McKuhen found herself driven to do more.
“I am enrolling in college come the first of the year because I want to further my education,” said McKuhen. “Something I didn’t know I had was a love to learn.”
McKuhen credits her success and newfound motivation to STC’s adult education program and wants to spread the word on what adult education in Georgia can do for people in situations similar to hers.
“I want to be the one to tell you that you can have it all,” said McKuhen. “You can get your GED. You can get that fancy diploma. You just have to want it.”
The Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership Institute is sponsored by the Technical College System of Georgia through its Office of Adult Education. The three-day event brings together all the EAGLE delegates from schools around the state to learn, interact and compete to become the state EAGLE Award winner.
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.
For more information on adult education in Georgia, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.