In 1984, she moved to the United States with her late husband. After some time in a new country, she spent 15 years working in the tourism industry in Newport News, Virginia and eventually remarried. However, she still knew that she needed to gain the credential she had always lacked.
At age 65, she and her husband both retired and moved to Macon to be near family.
“I thought ‘finally, I have the chance’,” McIntyre said. “After we were settled, I started looking around to do my GED. I thought it might be too late, but I remembered my mother always said ‘learn something new every day, even if it’s just a recipe,’ so I made the call.”
Sallie Devero, assistant vice president for Adult Education at CGTC, answered that call and instantly gave McIntyre the assurance she needed to pursue her education.
“Ms. Devero answered the phone and it was like talking to a best friend,” said McIntyre. “She was so down to earth, so sweet, and so inviting.”
Devero encouraged her to at least give it a try.
“She told me ‘You don’t know what your potential is until you at least stretch it a little bit and see what power you really do have’.”
McIntyre stated she lacked the confidence to move forward, but after talking with Devero and the instructors at CGTC’s Adult Education Program, she found the encouragement she needed.
“I came to orientation and they found what my strengths were and my weaknesses,” she said. “It never felt like a chore. They were helpful, they were kind, they were knowledgeable, and they were patient, which is the big thing.”
Adult Education faculty at CGTC nurtured McIntyre helped her through the process she started in April 2012 of earning her GED. In May 2013, she was able to walk at the College’s graduation at the Macon Centreplex with over 100 of her peers. The only thing that defined her from the rest of the GED graduates was her age.