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Lanier Tech’s Ballard earns adult education honor
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Katie Ballard

Lanier Technical College student Katie Ballard has been named the Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education Award winner for the Technical College System of Georgia.

The award “acknowledges the outstanding accomplishments of Georgians who enroll in the TCSG’s adult education programs in order to study for and earn their GED credential,” according to a Lanier Tech press release.

Ballard is looking to earn her licensed professional nurse degree to “work toward my dream of being a registered nurse and midwife,” she said.

Ballard, who was selected by a panel of judges from business and education, will receive a full two-year scholarship to the technical college of her choice. In addition, her fees and books will be paid for through a stipend from the Brenda Wise Scholarship Fund, established in 2014 in memory of Brenda Wise, a lifelong supporter of adult education.

“Adult education is crucial for building a bright future,” Ballard said. “It changes who we are for the better. Adult education redeemed my self-worth.”

Over the coming year, Ballard will travel the state as Georgia’s EAGLE ambassador for adult education, speaking to students, civic groups, legislators and others about lifelong learning and the importance of earning a GED credential.

Ballard is the second state EAGLE winner from Lanier Tech in the last three years and the College’s third state EAGLE winner overall. She joins Annie Thomas (2002) and Desmond Vaird (2016) as state EAGLE Ambassadors from Lanier Tech.