Betsy Rodriguez named Texas Support Specialist of the Year

Kilgore College’s Betsy Rodriguez was recently named Support Specialist of the Year by the Texas Association of Literacy and Adult Education (TALAE).

Rodriguez, a support specialist for the KC Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) program since 2010, was one of three award-winners from KC at the association’s annual conference Feb. 2-4 in San Antonio.

Rodriguez was nominated for the award by Bobbie McGee-Benson, KC’s AEL program director.

“I was very excited Betsy received this honor considering there are at least 66 programs across the state and all programs have at least one administrative assistant.  She does so much more than perform the administrative duties that are listed on the job description,” McGee-Benson said.  “Without a conscious effort, she is the personification of what TALAE represents.”

Other award-winners included ESL student Veronica Hernandez, an ESL student from Gilmer who won an ESL Persistence Award.  Hernandez, who attends classes taught by KC’s Maria Roy, has only missed one ESL class since 2001.  In addition to a certificate of recognition, Hernandez received $500.

Student Armando Pegueros of Mount Enterprise won the GED scholarship award and $1,200.  Pegueros attended GED classes taught by KC’s Dianne Lyle at the Boys and Girls Club of Rusk County in Henderson. He was salutatorian of the GED class that graduated last June.

The TALAE was formed in 1968 as the Texas Association for Continuing Adult Education with the purpose of providing professional development, networking and statewide recognition to adult education programs in Texas.

The KC AEL program offers a full range of free services to help adults improve their lives including ESL, basic literacy skills, exam preparation, GED, Integrated Education/Training and Intensive College Readiness preparation.

Day and evening classes are offered at 25 locations.

For more information on the AEL program at KC visit www.kilgore.edu/ael.