Morales Named EAGLE Delegate
Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) selected Avelina “Abby” Morales of Wrens, Ga., as its 2016 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) delegate.
OFTC instructors nominated students for the local EAGLE award based on a demonstration of superior achievement in the adult education program. Morales was chosen out of a group of twelve finalists from across the College’s 11-county service area. Each finalist wrote an essay, delivered a prepared speech and participated in interviews about their studies, progress and dreams.
Morales currently helps with her family’s pine straw bailing business and serves as a babysitter for a local artist. This experience is what sparked her desire to become an early childhood educator. Yet, she realized that she needed extra assistance to get the credentials to make her goal a reality. As a result, she enrolled in the Adult Education program at OFTC’s Jefferson County Center in Louisville.
This program has given Morales the skills she needs to pursue her career goals and the confidence to become more active in her community. She aspires to use her position as a leader in her family, the community and among her peers, as an opportunity to inspire others who have a similar background as hers.
Morales will represent OFTC at the 2016 EAGLE Leadership Institute in Atlanta. EAGLE 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.
Twelve finalists representing OFTC’s 11-county service area participated in the local EAGLE competition.