Laura Bailey, 43, is the recipient of the 2010 GED Outstanding Achievement Award.
Bailey, who's working toward an associates degree, was selected from among thousands of adult learners at Georgia's 28 technical colleges.
She has two sons and owned one of the largest poultry farms in the state until she sold it in 2007.
Bailey is recognized for her hard work, sunny disposition and determination.
"There was a time that I believed that there were only certain things that I could do because I didn't have the education," said Bailey. "And that's true. There were only certain things that I could do. Now, I just feel like I can do whatever I want to do."
"Her enthusiasm and her dedication to the class," said Katrina Royal, Bailey's GED Instructor and the coordinator of Fast Track. "And every time I told her that I needed her to do something in order to reach the GED diploma in three-and-a-half weeks, she was willing to do it."
Last week, Bailey delivered a speech at a banquet in Atlanta.
Her plan is to earn a degree in business administration.