MACON — Carmel McIntyre of Macon will be honored next week by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) at a luncheon in Atlanta in front of peers, family members, and supporters.
At 68 years old, McIntyre is the oldest, or most seasoned, GED graduate in Georgia for 2013, earning her the title of Golden GED Graduate of the Year. Each year the oldest GED graduate in Georgia is awarded with the Golden GED award and honored at a ceremony in Atlanta during the annual TCSG Adult Education Conference. This ceremony, to be held Oct. 3 at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta, is the Technical College System of Georgia’s Annual GED Awards Luncheon where some of Georgia’s best and brightest GED diploma recipients are recognized.
In her retirement, McIntyre finally got the opportunity she had sought since she was 15. She had the time and the opportunity to work toward earning a high school equivalent diploma. After moving to Macon in 2010, she researched her options and chose Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) as the path to her future.
McIntyre who is a native of Northern Rhodesia, now known as Zambia, was forced to leave her home and her school at the age of 15 due to attacks in the Belgian Congo, now Zaire, north of her home country. Her father sought protection for his family and moved Carmel and her six siblings to Cape Town, South Africa.
At this point, Carmel and several of her siblings had to find work. She found a job as a file clerk at a shoe store and then began taking courses at night school. She gained skills in typing and learned the use of office accounting machines, and later on, computers. With the skills she learned, she had no trouble finding basic jobs such as data entry, but found that the jobs she was qualified for did not offer a sufficient salary.