The statewide award is given to SC schools annually

Beaufort Adult Ed staff recipients of the Molly Spearman Innovation Award
Posted on 10/31/2019
Staff of Beaufort Adult Ed

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Beaufort County Adult Education,
staff earn statewide recognitions

BEAUFORT – The Beaufort County School District’s adult education program has been recognized with three statewide awards.

The annual state Spearman Innovation Award, named after State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman, is presented to one South Carolina adult education program for an innovative practice, program, service or initiative.  Beaufort County Adult Education won the statewide honor for having a significant number of its teachers and staff earn Global Career Development Facilitator certifications.

The district’s adult education program has South Carolina’s highest number of GCDF certifications.  Staff holding certification are Director Juanita Murrell, Jeffery Briggs, Terrianne Capers, Peggie Darien, Brenda Glaze, Garner Jones Sr., Marie D. Lewis, Otis Smith, Patricia Spivey and Jannie Williams.

GCDF certification is the nation’s most prominent credential for career development professionals.  Its holders have received extensive training that aids them in helping people find good jobs and productive career paths.

In addition to the Spearman Innovation Award, Beaufort County Adult Education won an Adult Basic Education Performance Award for being one of the Top 10 programs in the state with the highest percentages of students earning Career Readiness Certificates.

Program Director Juanita Murrell was inducted into the state Director Hall of Fame for her service in adult education.

“This is not the first time that our adult education program has been recognized for its outstanding performance,” said Superintendent Frank Rodriguez.  “We congratulate Dr. Murrell and her entire staff and thank them for the valuable work they do in helping their students move forward with their careers.”

Murrell said the district’s adult education program has a number of important goals.

“We want to help our students earn their high school diplomas, high school equivalency diplomas (GEDs) and Career Ready Certificates,” Murrell said.  “We help students improve their ASVAB scores, enroll in college, get good jobs or enter the military.  For students who don’t speak English, we assist them through our ESL program.  And no matter what path our students choose, we help them become productive citizens in the community.”