Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) student Daniel Betts has been named one of Georgia’s 2014 EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literary Education) delegates for his outstanding performance in Adult Education. As an EAGLE Delegate, Betts is representing SWGTC at the EAGLE Leadership Institute in Atlanta. He is competing against delegates from other colleges within the Technical College System of Georgia for the honor of being named the State EAGLE Award Winner.

EAGLE, which stands for Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literary Education, was created to celebrate adult learners in pursuit of excellence. EAGLE delegates are nominated by their adult education instructors based on criteria such as student character, attitude, attendance and community involvement. The student must also demonstrate exceptional perseverance, a positive attitude, superb classroom attendance and excellent leadership skills while earning their GED® diploma.

Based on interviews with a panel of judges, SWGTC’s EAGLE nominees were narrowed down to one delegate and local EAGLE winner, Daniel Betts.Mary Lou Vonier, Adult Education/GED Instructor, nominated Betts for the EAGLE Award. In her nomination she wrote, “Daniel Betts is a hard worker who is very success oriented. He is now enrolled in credit classes at SWGTC where his GPA is currently 3.9. His intelligence, outgoing personality, and enthusiasm for education would make him an excellent EAGLE delegate and advocate for the Adult Education.”

Betts graduated with his GED diploma in June 2013 at the young age of sixteen.

“Getting my GED was one of the greatest moments in my life. It has changed my life and afforded me the opportunity to positively impact my family, community, Southwest Georgia Technical College, and ultimately my workplace,” said Betts.

Since getting his GED, he has enrolled in SWGTC’s Drafting Technology program and has been quite successful.

Ralph Griffith, Betts’ drafting instructor, commented, “Daniel is mature beyond his years – always very respectful and maintains a professional appearance. His ability to be creative and think outside the box gives him great aptitude to be an extremely successful draftsman.”

SWGTC’s EAGLE Coordinator Ellen Terrell said, “Daniel has been a pleasure to work with throughout the EAGLE program. He is a very impressive young man, and I know he will be a great representative for not only Southwest Georgia Technical College, but also for GED graduates everywhere.”

Every EAGLE delegate is considered an ambassador and spokesperson for literacy serving local communities and the state by promoting lifelong learning. Since its inception in 1993, the EAGLE Award program has recognized more than 1600 outstanding students across the state. In additional to serving as volunteer role models for family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers, EAGLE delegates serve as mentors, peer tutors, and recruiters of other students into local adult education programs.

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