Central Georgia Technical College is hosting a virtual race for education Sept. 7-12 to help raise funds for adult education programs at the college, and the Jones County Adult Learning Center offers adult education through CGTC.
Mary Kathryn Borland, advancement coordinator at CGTC, said the adult education programs really help people in the community, and she’s always happy to see someone achieve their goals through adult education.
“Every year we have a race for education, which is our big fundraiser for adult education programs,” she said. “This year due to COVID-19, we decided to move it to a virtual format. All a runner has to do is decide if they want to run or walk. Runners can register at raceforeducation5K.itsyourrace.com. Then they have all week to run and submit their times.”
She said people can submit their times by downloading an app from itsyourrace.com on their phone. They start the app, start walking, and the app logs the time it took to reach the distance each participant wanted to go. She said participants can also time themselves and manually enter the time, too. The registration fee for the race is $20.
“We do this race in September because it’s National Literacy Month, which we find important. This race is important to us because it helps us raise money for our adult education department and helps them provide the services to students and citizens in Middle Georgia to get their GED,” Borland said.
The coordinator said due to COVID-19, students had to get their GED online instead of meeting in person. She said they are still helping people get their GED. If citizens want to take advantage of CGTC’s adult education program, they don’t have to wait due to the pandemic.
“Adult education is important because it allows the workforce of Georgia to be trained, and it helps people get back onto their feet,” she said. “Sometimes people are looking for a career change, to get their GED or are looking for a new goal in life. We want to provide these opportunities to anybody and everybody.”
Joi King, instructional coordinator at CGTC, said she’s always glad to see people’s ambitions with education. She said things haven’t slowed down at all as far as testing has gone for the GED. She said right now with school starting back, they are doing everything virtual. She said they will still provide the same education, it’s just rolling over to online.
“The coronavirus hasn’t stopped people from getting their GED, and we have continued to do GED testing. We do face-to-face testing, but we follow all protocols and schedule the testing for safety,” she said.
King said the students are excited to come back to classroom learning when the time comes. She said she can’t wait to see them in the future.
“Part of what we do even in a face-to-face classroom is give them homework and other work online, so they had online access anyway,” King said. “This made it so the transition in March wasn’t difficult and it’s just continuing that now.”
Borland said if people are interested in attending CGTC, they should visit www.centralgatech.edu and have a look at what they can do. She said the funds from the race will help with GED testing, which benefits those in Jones County, too.
“I like the diversity of all our programs,” she said. “We have a program for just about all stages of life, whether they are looking at getting their GED, a degree, continuing their education, or a certificate. We want people to achieve their goals.”