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Brantley Student, Shelia Parker, Selected As EAGLE Winner for OTC

OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton is pleased to announce that Shelia Parker is the 2012 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) award recipient for Okefenokee Technical College and will represent the college at the EAGLE Leadership Institute February 13-15, 2012. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

Sheila Parker

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

Ms. Parker attended the OTC adult education program in Brantley County, where her instructors, Sheryl Trammell and Carol Sciscilo, recognized her exceptional attributes and nominated her for the award.  Criteria for the EAGLE award include categories measuring character, attitude, attendance, leadership, personal appearance, and community activities.  Ms. Parker was first selected as the Brantley County delegate by an interview panel consisting of Brantley County community leaders. She then interviewed for the OTC EAGLE award where three judges - Toni Nelson from Satilla Regional Medical Center, Buck Thigpen from the Georgia Department of Labor-Waycross Career Center, and Eva Byrd from the Waycross and Ware County Chamber of Commerce – selected her as the best candidate.

According to Ms. Parker’s instructor Sheryl Trammell, “Shelia was a role model student.  She worked hard and made her education a priority.  Shelia values the adult education program and is grateful for the opportunity she had to participate in the program. I watched her confidence soar as she realized that her goals were, in fact, attainable.  Shelia has a sweet, caring spirit and is an encourager.  She will do well in the medical field.  It was a pleasure being part of Shelia’s success.

Ms. Parker is from the Orlando, Florida area and moved to Georgia two years ago. She has two children, Kevin and Devon, and one granddaughter, Courtney.  She has spent many years working and volunteering for Hospice and plans to continue her education in the medical field.  Her career goal is to become a wound care specialist.  Her motto is, “It is never too late for education, no matter your age or walk of life.”

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