Emily Connell of Catoosa County has been chosen to represent Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) at the statewide EAGLE Leadership Institute March 13-15, 2017, in Stone Mountain.


The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.


Connell, a resident of Ringgold, was nominated for the EAGLE award by Lindsay Baker. She received her General Educational Development® diploma in January and is pursuing an associate degree in Social Work at the Walker County Campus of GNTC. Upon graduation, Connell plans to continue her education and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and her career goal is to work with veterans.


Connell is the recipient of numerous scholarships including the Helen and Vernon Crawford Scholarship, awarded to students who plan to continue in post-secondary education after receiving their GED® diploma, and the Catoosa Citizens for Literacy Scholarship.


Rachel Tootle, another nominee for the EAGLE award, was named a county representative. She will serve for a year as an ambassador for the Gordon County Campus Adult Education Center in an effort to encourage other adults to take advantage of educational opportunities.


EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) 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.


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.


Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.