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March 26, 2014

Moore named final EAGLE winner

TIFTON — Chris Moore of Omega has been chosen as the final winner out of a field of four delegates to represent Moultrie Technical College at the EAGLE Leadership Institute at the end of March in Atlanta. The institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs including GED test preparation.

The Technical College System of Georgia, through its Office of Adult Education, sponsors the annual Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership Institute.

Moore was born in 1982 in Oconee, S.C., but was raised in South Georgia. With three siblings, he says he moved around quite a bit throughout the southeastern states. He is now married to wife RobyLyn and is the father of four children: Jozelyn, 9, Honey, 8, Juliet, 3, and Brock, 2.

Of his decision to enroll in Moultrie Tech’s Adult Education program, he says, “The job where I am working required me to get my GED [diploma] to keep my job. Having a GED will also allow me to move forward with another company in the future or a higher position in the company I am employed with presently.”

Although Moore has extensive hands-on experience in farming as a saw and forklift operator and currently as an order processor, he says his personal goals are what drive him to keep going.

“I have learned how important my GED is for job placement. Jobs are not easily attainable. In order to obtain and retain a job, it’s essential to have the proper education,” he said.

Now that he has taken and passed the official GED test through the MTC Adult Education program in Tifton, Moore says, “Although my goals seemed far away or even unattainable without my GED diploma, now that I have received my diploma with the encouragement of the Adult Education instructors, I feel anything is now possible.”

With his GED diploma in hand, he is already continuing his education in two credit programs at Moultrie Tech in Accounting and Automotive Technology. Moore says his short-term goal is to receive his two degrees and then follow his dream of opening his own auto shop.

“Opening any small business in today’s fragile economy is not a simple undertaking. I feel that, by acquiring an associate degree in accounting, my chances of being able to operate a lucrative and successful small business are greatly enhanced,” said Moore. “The Automotive Technology program will give me the advanced training and experience I will need to run an auto shop appropriately and efficiently.”

Of his personal experience in Moultrie Tech’s Adult Education and GED test preparation classes, he says, “I am more confident in reading with my children and am able to assist them better with their homework…[it] has created a trusting relationship that will last a lifetime, giving them the opportunity to feel free to approach me with any questions or concerns they might have.”

Moore’s primary Adult Education instructor at Moultrie Tech’s Tifton Campus, Sandra Griffin, said of Moore, “His leadership qualities allow him to shine as a role model to other students, and he often will assist them as a peer tutor. Chris is a dedicated student and chose to work on the weekends so he would be able to attend classes during the morning sessions. He juggles family life and work to enable him to attend MTC. It’s an honor to know and teach him.”

Representing MTC’s Tift County Adult Education program, Moore competed for this year’s Moultrie Tech EAGLE position with students from the college’s service delivery area of Colquitt, Tift, Turner and Worth counties. Students chosen from programs in those counties were Debra Delao of Colquitt County, Cynthia Arteaga of Turner County and Yazmine Joiner of Worth County. The Adult Education students were evaluated through a speech and interview process.

For more information on Moultrie Technical College’s Adult Education program and on obtaining a GED diploma, contact Sandra Griffin in Tifton at 229-391-2615 or log onto the college’s website at www.moultrietech.edu/adulted.

 

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