Garland Akers is COA’s 2020 Academic Excellence Award recipient

By on February 19, 2020

Garland Akers, 2020 Academic Excellence Award recipient for College of The Albemarle.

College of The Albemarle (COA) is honored to announce Garland Akers as the 2020 Academic Excellence Award recipient.

Akers is enrolled in COA’s Criminal Justice Technology program with a 4.0 grade point average and is scheduled to graduate from COA this spring. He is a sheriff’s deputy with the Currituck County Sheriff’s Department and has been employed there since 2009.

“I’m very honored and humbled to have been chosen for this award,” Deputy Akers said when interviewed last week. “I would encourage anyone, no matter their age, to go back to school and get the degree you have in mind.” He attributed his daughter, Jenna, who is enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill, as a big encouragement for him to get through the program.

Deputy Akers also explained that the Currituck County Sheriff’s Department’s administration has placed a priority on supporting employees interested in furthering their education. “The sheriff’s office has been supportive of me and others in my department who have gone back to school for a higher education degree. I never thought I’d be graduating college 31 years after graduating high school, but here I am,” Akers said.

One student is chosen for the Academic Excellence Award at each of the 58 community colleges across the state. Criteria for nominations are consistent with the requirements for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The student chosen must be currently enrolled at the college, completed at least 12 semester hours in an associate degree program or at least six hours of coursework toward a one-year certificate, and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.


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