Auburn’s EAGLES program to be featured on national TV show

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Auburn University’s EAGLES program — a comprehensive transition program, or CTP, for students with developmental disabilities — will be featured on Simply Southern TV’s regional and national broadcasts beginning this weekend.

The show will air locally on WLTZ-TV 38 in Columbus, Georgia at 5:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 5, with a rebroadcast scheduled for national cable network RFD-TV at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9. Simply Southern TV is a 30-minute show that celebrates Alabama’s farmers, gardeners, makers, rural communities, and unique destinations. Episodes are also available on the show’s website at www.SimplySouthernTV.net.

Administered by the College of Education, the EAGLES program has expanded to include 20 students and provides students with developmental disabilities with post-secondary education opportunities. Its acronym stands for Education to Accomplish Growth in Life Experiences for Success, and the program allows students to engage in a two- or four-year campus experience to help students achieve their employment and independent living goals after completing successfully completed the program.

“The EAGLES program is the perfect example of creating a culture of inclusion,” said Simply Southern TV co-host Mary Wilson. “Right now, there are 20 students enrolled, and without the EAGLES program, they might not have been able to experience life on a college campus. This is to provide students aged 18 to 26 who have an intellectual disability with the means to continue their education through study, social skills, life skills, health and well-being and career opportunities.

Viewers can also catch the show on the following channels:

  • WPMI-TV 15 in Mobile on Sundays at 6 a.m. CT
  • WBMA-TV 33/40 in Birmingham on Sundays at 6:30 a.m. CT
  • WAFF-TV 48 in Huntsville on Sundays at 9 a.m. CT
  • WAKA-TV 8 in Montgomery on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. CT
  • WTVY-TV 4 in Dothan on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. CT
  • RFD-TV cable network Wednesdays at 3 p.m. CT

Simply Southern TV is presented by the Alabama Federation of Farmers, but it is made possible thanks to sponsorships. These include a major sponsor Alabama Farmers’ Cooperative; supporting sponsor Alfa Insurance; supporting sponsors Alabama Catfish Producers, Alabama soybean growers; and Alabama wheat and feed grain growers; and contributing sponsors Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Alabama Farm Credit, Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation and Sweet Grown Alabama.

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