STC Adult Education program in Riceboro honors its first GED recipient

SAVANNAH – Christian Manuel, 20, of Riceboro is the first student to earn his GED at the Savannah Technical College Adult Education Center in Riceboro. Christian left school in the ninth grade but was determined to do more with his life. “I was always getting into trouble in school,” he says.”With this, I just put my mind to it and completed the classwork in less than three months.” The youngest of six children, Christian and his family moved to Riceboro from Louisiana eight years ago. He says he looks forward to a military career.

He plans to participate in the Savannah Technical College graduation ceremony on May 24. “The best thing about earning my GED is proving to myself that I can succeed,” he says. And his teacher agrees. Marilyn Creech-Harris taught his math classes and admired the way he applied himself to his studies. “Mr. Manuel was an excellent student, always focused on his work,” she notes.

In FY 2010, Savannah Tech graduated more than 1000 students achieving the GED; enrolled more than 2300 students in Adult Education and English as a Second Language programs and provided more than 150,000 hours of instruction to GED and ESL students.

The Savannah Technical College Adult Education program began offering classes at the Riceboro Youth Center last September. Classes are taught Monday – Thursday from 9 am – noon and from 6-9 pm. For information, call 912.884.4984.

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (