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Nina Garcia Is OTC 2014 EAGLE Representative

Selected to attend EAGLE Leadership Institute

Nina Garcia (Ware County) was recently named the 2014 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) award recipient for Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) and will represent the college at the EAGLE Leadership Institute in Atlanta March 25-27, 2014.  The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

Joyce Murchinson of Pierce County was selected as the runner up for the 2014 EAGLE program and will assume the role and responsibilities of the EAGLE winner, in the event Ms. Garcia is not able to do so. Both students were celebrated

November 14 at the OTC Economic Development Training Center where City Commissioner Diane Hopkins, OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert, and OTC Adult Education Assistant Director Kelly Peacock congratulated them for their accomplishments.

On behalf of Mayor Clarence Billups and the city of Waycross, Commissioner Diane Hopkins presented a plaque to Dr. Deibert proclaiming November 10-16, 2013, as Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education week in Waycross. The proclamation called upon all citizens to congratulate EAGLE nominees and make others aware of the importance of adult education to the health and growth of the community. Commissioner Hopkins thanked adult education instructors and OTC officials for the important work they do to impact literacy.

Following the presentation of the proclamation, Garcia and Murchinson were each presented a plaque to signify their accomplishments. Ms. Peacock then announced Nina Garcia as the outstanding adult education student to represent OTC at the EAGLE Leadership Institute in Atlanta.

At the time of the award, Garcia attended the OTC adult education program in Ware County. Her instructor, Catherine Daniels, recognized her exceptional qualities and nominated her for the award.  Judges for the EAGLE award use an evaluative tool during an interview with nominees to measure character, attitude, attendance, leadership, personal appearance, and community activities. 

Although born in Waycross, Garcia has also lived in Valdosta and Dalton, Georgia. She and her husband, Juventino, have six children, from sixteen to two. Garcia worked as a Certified Nursing Aid (CNA) for thirteen years and at the carpet mills prior to that. She enjoys working in the healthcare field, but wants more advanced work, which required a GED or high school diploma. Her career plans now that she has earned her GED are to enroll at OTC in radiology or nursing and work in one of these positions.

“I knew I wanted to continue my education so I could advance in my career,” stated Garcia. “I know I want to work in healthcare, and I want to help others in that setting. In order to do that, I needed to complete my GED and finish college.”

EAGLE is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. The 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 EAGLE Leadership Institute.

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.

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Joyce Murchinson (2nd from left) and Nina Garcia (2nd from right) were celebrated November 14 at the OTC Economic Development Training Center for being nominated for the OTC 2014 EAGLE award. Dr. Glenn Deibert (L to R), OTC president; Gloria Reid, Pierce Co. instructor; Kelly Peacock, OTC adult education assistant director, and Cathy Daniels, Ware instructor; congratulated both students for their accomplishments.

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Nina Garcia (2nd from left), the 2014 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) award recipient for Okefenokee Technical College (OTC), will represent the college at the EAGLE Leadership Institute in Atlanta March 25-27 2014.  OTC well-wishers are all smiles as they pose with Garcia: OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert (L to R); adult education instructor, Cathy Daniels; and adult education assistant director, Kelly Peacock.

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As part of the EAGLE reception, Commissioner Diane Hopkins (right) read a proclamation declaring November 10-16, 2013, as Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education week in Waycross. OTC President, Dr. Glenn Deibert (left), accepted the plaque on behalf of the adult education program.

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OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert (2nd from left) presented Nina Garcia with the 2014 EAGLE award medallion as Garcia’s instructor, Cathy Daniels (right), stands ready to congratulate her.

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Joyce Murchinson (left) and Nina Garcia (right) pose with OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert to promote EAGLE week, November 10-16, 2013.

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