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Gwinnett Tech GED Examiner earns state award

Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson, left, Justine Lynch, GED Chief Examiner of the Year of Gwinnett Tech, event speaker Daphne Maxwell Reid, chief operating officer of New Millennium Studios and Beverly Smith, assistant commissioner for adult education pose for a picture last week after Lynch was given the Chief Examiner of the Year award at the TCSG Office of Adult Education’s Fall Conference. (Special Photo)

Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson, left, Justine Lynch, GED Chief Examiner of the Year of Gwinnett Tech, event speaker Daphne Maxwell Reid, chief operating officer of New Millennium Studios and Beverly Smith, assistant commissioner for adult education pose for a picture last week after Lynch was given the Chief Examiner of the Year award at the TCSG Office of Adult Education’s Fall Conference. (Special Photo)

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Technical College’s GED Testing Center is a model in the field and showed record results last year.

Because of that, its leader, Justine Lynch, the Chief GED Examiner at Gwinnett Tech, was named the GED Chief Examiner of the Year by the Technical College System of Georgia. Lynch received the award last week by the system’s commissioner, Ron Jackson, at the TCSG Office of Adult Education’s fall conference.

“We’re all grateful that Georgia’s GED testing centers are staffed by dedicated people like Justine who believe so deeply in their work and are committed to helping people improve their lives through education,” Jackson said in a press release.

Gwinnett Tech’s GED testing center was one of the first in the country to offer the test on a computer, and because of that, GED program staff from around the state and Southeast visited to learn more about the implementation and operation.

Gwinnett Tech’s center leads the nation in the number of computer-based GED tests delivered. Lynch also advises and participates in new trials for GED testing such as usability studies and the piloting of computer-based testing in Georgia’s correctional facilities.

Gwinnett Tech’s GED testing center was also honored for serving the largest year-to-year increase in test-takers in the TCSG system with a seven percent increase.

“We are so pleased to see Justine’s tremendous effort and commitment recognized at the state level,” Victoria Seals, vice president for academic affairs at Gwinnett Tech, said in the release. “She is awesome at what she does. She cares tremendously about the students and she works hard to help them be successful. The standard of caring and excellence she sets is exemplified by the entire team at Gwinnett Tech involved in GED testing.”

Last year, nearly 17,000 Georgians earned a GED diploma.