Walker Wins GNTC's GEDD Award For Career Excellence
After more than ten years of helping adults in Northwest Georgia learn the gift of reading, Georgia Northwestern Technical College GED staffer Gail Walker has received one of her program’s highest honors.
GNTC Assistant Director of Adult Education Coleen Brooks awarded her long-time co-worker with the prestigious GEDD Award in a ceremony held Wednesday on the Gordon County Campus of Georgia Northwestern in Calhoun, Georgia. Walker, who was the student of the year in the GED program in 2001-2002, is the 2013 winner of the honor. “The GEDD award stands for Goals, Excellence, Determination, and Difference,” said Brooks.
The GEDD Award is given each year by the college’s GED program to an alumnus who has succeeded in the world after receiving a GED. Walker first began working at GNTC in 2002, shortly after earning her diploma, as a part-time instructional assistant. Four years later, the college made her a full-time employee and she has excelled at that position ever since.
Walker, the 11th of 12 children in her family, began working at fifteen years of age when she was a car hop at the Chow Time restaurant in Rome, Georgia. “Her desire to work hard for everything in life has been there since the beginning and simply has not changed,” said Brooks.
Never finishing her high school career as a teenager, she would end up at Outboard Marine Corporation in Calhoun, Georgia. She would work there until 2001. That’s when the nationwide company would close its doors for good. What started as a temporary lay-off of four weeks, ended up being permanent for 7,000 employees across the United States; 600 of which were employed at the Calhoun plant.
Without a high school diploma, Walker knew she’d have to earn one to be able to move forward and succeed. “It was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life,” said Walker. “Getting your GED is a second chance for so many people. I’m glad I realized what a great opportunity this was for me.” Walker’s student of the year award (EAGLE award) in 2002 allowed her to represent the college’s GED program on the state level. “So many opportunities have come my way as a result of me making that one decision to get my diploma,” said Walker.
The Georgia Northwestern GED program has graduated more than 2,000 students who have gone on to collegiate and professional careers as a result of their their educational achievements.
Photo: (l-r) Gail Walker, GNTC GEDD Award Winner, and Coleen Brooks, GNTC Assistant Director of Adult Education.Walker Wins GNTC's GEDD Award For Career Excellence
- TN/GA Regional News
- National News
- International News
- Home Depot asks judge to dismiss consumers' data breach suit
- Georgia doctor robbed of more than money: Pants stolen, too
- Police: 15-year-old shot, killed by 2 teenagers
- Gunman robs Macon doctor of his pants and briefcase
- Crews clear drains along interstate in Atlanta
- Georgia's parole board selects new director of clemency
- Cobb County police citing drivers under 'slowpoke' law
- Animal welfare advocates to present GA law enforcement award
- Ga. man reunited with WWII memorabilia stolen in burglary
- 4th sailor faces court martial in shower recordings case
- House GOP cuts State Dept. budget to protest Benghazi delays
- Relatives of 4 Americans in Iran press for their release
- Employer worried for French woman kidnapped in Yemen
- ACLU: Squalid conditions at troubled Baltimore jail
- NTSB still determining if engineer used phone before crash
- The latest on Boston Marathon case: Pal gets 6-year sentence
- Boston Marathon bomber's college pal gets 6 years in prison
- Early parole hearing for woman in grape soda child killing
- Boston Marathon bomber's college pal apologizes to victims
- Judge delays Hastert's arraignment in hush-money case
- Fact-finding team heads to Syria to probe toxic chemical use
- Boko Haram video allegedly shows militants killing soldiers
- UK roller coaster collision leaves 4 seriously injured
- German court cancels session in Auschwitz guard trial
- Car bomb near restaurant kills 6 people in Iraqi capital
- South Africa park where lion killed American reopens
- Islamic State fighters battle militants in northern Syria
- Novice German driver unscathed after crash with British tank
- Burundi: Electoral body considering new election schedule
- Former Brazil soccer president Teixeira facing investigation
Side RoadsTake a ride with Brian Smith to explore the unique people and places to be found along the Sideroads of the NewsChannel 9 viewing area.
The Good LifeCelebrating the events, adventures and activities that represent "The Good Life" in the NewsChannel 9 viewing area.
Closings and DelaysThese are the latest School and Business Closings reported to NewsChannel 9. If you see errors or need to add a school or business, call 423-757-7320.
Educator of the YearView the 2015 Tennessee Lottery Educator of the Year!
Deaf & Hard of HearingInformation provided to NewsChannel 9 by members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.
Sponsored EventsCheck Back Often for NewsChannel9 Sponsored Events!