Georgia’s top GED graduates named

Annual conference honors outstanding adult student and educator achievements

ATLANTA – The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) recognized the most outstanding GED® graduates of the year at its annual Fall Adult Education Conference awards luncheon on Sept. 27. Three students secured the state’s highest awards for GED® achievement. Numerous educators, volunteers and academic institutions were also honored during the conference, which featured a keynote address by Dr. Earl L. Suttle, Chairman & CEO of Leadership Success International, Inc.

“We celebrate the achievements of these outstanding graduates, who represent thousands of Georgians who have chosen to transform their lives and pursue their GED® diplomas,” said Commissioner Gretchen Corbin. “Their accomplishments are a testament to the hard work of our teachers and administrators as we work together to achieve our goal of a fully literate Georgia.”

The GED® Graduate Outstanding Achievement Award honors a GED® graduate who has made outstanding contributions within their community. This year, the state recognized Rhonda Miller of Central Georgia Technical College, a longtime volunteer at numerous organizations including the Salvation Army and Volunteer Macon. She is employed at the Macon Housing Authority.

Oliver Toby, a 68 year-old graduate from Riverdale, Ga., was recognized as the Golden GED® Graduate of the year, with more than 94.5 hours of instruction through the Clayton County Board of Education Adult Education Program. He earned his GED® diploma in May, 2017.

The Highest Overall GED® Test Scores were achieved by Sabine Margarete Bercher, who attended class and tested at Augusta Technical College.  She earned a total score of 737 out of a possible 800 points and qualified for the highest performance levels on three of the four subject areas on the GED® Exam. She is a member of a military family current stationed at Fort. Gordon.

Janice Tarleton, a Test Administrator at Southern Crescent Technical College, was named 2017 GED® Test Administrator of the Year. She has served in Adult Education for over 30 years and has 20 years of experience in testing.

The conference also recognized Georgia Adult Education providers for excellence in overall achievement, enrollment growth, completion success, postsecondary transition, citizenship obtainment, volunteer support and others.

“This gathering is the highlight of the year for Georgia’s adult education community,” said Beverly Smith, TCSG assistant commissioner for adult education. “It’s an honor for us to pay tribute to the hard work and accomplishments of these program directors, instructors, and especially our students. They inspire us all with their passion and commitment.”

The annual conference is a two-day event that brings together nearly 300 adult education and GED® testing professionals, practitioners, administrators, supporters, business and community leaders, volunteers and literacy ambassadors from all over Georgia. The event highlights yearly achievements for adult education and provides further scholastic opportunities for attendees with workshops, luncheons and speakers.

TCSG provides adult education programs that enable adult learners to study for and earn a GED® diploma. In fiscal year 2017, more than 10,000 adults earned their GED® diplomas, a record for Georgia.

About the Technical College System of Georgia

The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® Testing Program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions. For more information, visit


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Technical College System of Georgia winners, 2017 Fall Adult Education Conference 

2017 GED® Graduate Awards

2017 GED® Graduate Outstanding Achievement

Rhonda Miller, Central Georgia Technical College

2017 Golden GED® Graduate of the Year

Oliver Toby, Clayton Co. Board of Education

Highest Overall GED® Test Score Award

Sabine Margarete Bercher, Augusta Technical College

2017 GED® Test Administrator of the Year

Janice Tarleton, Southern Crescent Technical College

2017 Testing Center Awards:

Largest % Increase in GED® Test-takers for FY 2016 to 2017:

For Centers Serving 200-400 Completers: Southern Regional Technical College

For Centers Serving 401-700 Completers: Albany Technical College

For Centers Serving 701+ Completers: Southeastern Technical College

Largest % Growth in GED® Graduates FY16 to FY17:

For Centers Serving 200-400 Completers: North Georgia Technical College

For Centers Serving 401-700 Completers: Albany Technical College

For Centers Serving 701+ Completers: Southeastern Technical College

Certified Literate Community Program 2017 Advocacy Awards

Volunteer Hours

6,720 Volunteer Hours

Bibb County DREAM Team CLCP

Volunteer Tutor Hours in a Single County CLCP

7,826 Volunteer Tutor Hours

Baldwin County CLCP

Volunteer Tutor Hours in a Multiple County CLCP

5,492 Volunteer Tutor Hours

Southwest Regional CLCP

GED Testing Fee Scholarships in a Single County CLCP

132 GED® Testing Fee Scholarships

Monroe County Adult and Community Education

GED Testing Fee Scholarships in a Multiple County CLCP

201 GED® Testing Fee Scholarships

Southwest Regional CLCP

2017 Adult Education Program Awards

Overall Achievement of Measurable Skill Gains

Albany Technical College

Asian American Resource Center

Athens Technical College

Atlanta Public Schools

Augusta Technical College

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Inc.

Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc.

Central Georgia Technical College 

Gwinnett Technical College

North Georgia Technical College

West Georgia Technical College

Greatest Percentage Growth in NRS Enrollment

International Rescue Committee, Inc.

Atlanta Technical College

Gwinnett Technical College

Highest GED® Completion Percentage

Clayton County Public Schools

Southern Regional Technical College

Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Highest Postsecondary Transition Percentage

Oconee Fall Line Technical College

Greatest Number of Students Awarded Citizenship (SDA and CBO)

Cobb County School District

Asian American Resource Center

Greatest Use of Volunteer Support

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Inc.

North Georgia Technical College

Lanier Technical College


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