While McIntyre’s story is certainly not unique, she wants to use her story to encourage others and make sure people know that no matter what age or circumstances a person faces, it is never too late for education.
“Even when you’re a senior, you never give up learning,” she said. “There’s so much to learn. The more I learn, the more I realize there is so much I don’t know! So you just keep learning—don’t stop.”
McIntyre has now moved on to the next step in her education. She is pursuing a diploma in Practical Nursing at CGTC. She is in her third semester and has completed many of her core classes.
“Even if I never use the degree for a job, I at least want to have the knowledge!”
At next week’s awards luncheon, she will be cheered on by her husband and two of her sisters, the younger of which received her GED® in Atlanta three years ago. However, her entire family is very proud of her accomplishments. Her other brothers and sisters and children are spread across the globe, but she has been showered with congratulatory emails and phone calls because of her accomplishment.
Carmel is married to Wayne McIntyre and they reside in Lizella. Her stepson Chris, and his wife Marion, reside in Macon with twin daughters Stella and Campbell, age 5. Her sons both live overseas. Captain Robert-John Burt and wife Elina live in Abu Dhabi, UAE with their three children. Her son Martin Burt is a successful business owner in Johannesburg, South Africa.
CGTC offers test preparation courses, ESL classes, citizenship courses, as well as no-cost GED preparation courses at sites in 12 counties across the middle Georgia area.
If you or someone you know can benefit from the services offered through the Adult Education program at CGTC, call 478-757-6669 in Bibb County, or 478-987-6789 in Houston County.
More information about CGTC’s Adult Education program can be found at www.centralgatech.edu under the future students tab.
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