Posted: Wednesday, November 14th 2012 at 10:36am
NGTC's Scobee reaches GED graduate milestone
Marvin Scobee receives recognition from Dean Shelby Ward for helping 500 students achieve their GED.
CLARKESVILLE - Marvin Scobee is committed to adult literacy. For the past 20 years, he has dedicated his energies and talents as a tutor preparing students to take the GED Exam. Recently, Scobee was given a certificate of appreciation for reaching a milestone of more than 500 GED graduates.
“Marvin’s dedication and passion to adult education is invaluable to the community and to North Georgia Technical College,” noted NGTC Dean of Adult Education Shelby Ward as she presented the award. “It is remarkable, rewarding, and exciting to have helped so many people earn their GED. The great thing is that he is still working in the program and that number will continue to grow as he changes lives in our communities.”
Marvin’s roles with the NGTC Adult Education Department have included full time instructor in Rabun County, part time teacher in Franklin and Habersham counties, and volunteer teacher in the local jails. He has also been a NGTC Foundation Trustee Board member.
Remarking on his favorite assignment – working with those in the county jails – Scobee asserts that education is crime prevention.
“Education is the ultimate rehabilitation,” he says. “Once they achieve their GED, nobody can take that away from them. Two things will keep them out of jail: education and employment. The GED® is the key to employment.”
“I do hear about previous students from time to time, and learn about their successes,” he continued. “Many have gone on to college.”
“Marvin and I have worked together for many years,” affirmed NGTC Dean of Adult Education Shelby Ward. “He is extremely dedicated to the GED program. Whenever you are around him, you draw excitement from his enthusiasm for the program.”
Marvin is quick to share credit for this accomplishment. “I couldn’t have done this without the commitment and support we get from Cynthia Brown and the NGTC Foundation,” he began. “My wife, Jo, is really the one who deserves the credit.” As a fellow volunteer, Jo Scobee is the GED Examiner who administers the test.
“Marvin and Jo are such a valuable asset,” Shelby smiles. “And I’ll never forget his license plate: GETGED.”
For more information about the GED program, call 706-754-7717 or register online at http://www.northgatech.edu/pages/coned/courses.aspx.
Link: North Ga. Technical College
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