Marielos Bond of Lanier Technical College was honored for commitment and contributions to education during a luncheon Thursday.
Bond, who works at the college’s Forsyth campus, received the GED Graduate Outstanding Achievement Award from the Technical College System of Georgia.
According to a release from the college, Bond began her time at Lanier Tech as a student learning how to speak English as a second language.
In 2002, she earned her GED, and followed that up by attaining American citizenship and a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
She currently helps others take the same path toward educational success.
Her unique story and hard work earned Bond the award, which was presented during a ceremony in Atlanta.
In a statement, Lanier Tech President Ray Perren praised Bond for her efforts.
“She was an exemplary student and is now an outstanding employee,” he said. “Her success is another example of how adult education programs literally change lives.”
Technical College System Commissioner Ron Jackson said Bond is “leading the way for adults from similar backgrounds and circumstances who need to know that it’s possible to overcome life’s obstacles, no matter how young or old they are.”
“She is an outstanding role model and proof that earning a GED diploma is an accomplishment that can open the doors to even greater opportunity,” Jackson said.
Other honors given during the event include highest overall test score, year’s best job corps GED graduate and chief examiner of the year, among others.