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Adult Education Innovations

State Contacts


State Agency

Sandy Crist
Director of Adult Literacy
Division of Adult Education
Mississippi Community College Board
3825 Ridgewood Road Jackson, MS 39211
Phone: (601) 432-6338 Fax: (601) 432-6890
Email: scrist@mccb.edu
Website: http://www.mccb.edu

State Association

Sandy Crist
Mississippi Association of Adult & Community Education (MAACE)
Mississippi
Phone: (601) 432-6338
Email: scrist@mccb.edu
Website: http://www.sbcjc.cc.ms.us/adulted/addefault.aspx

 

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Adult Learner Success Stories


 

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Patricia Gaither
Adult Learner

The Challenge

Patricia is a 38-year-old mother of two who has overcome difficult challenges. Patricia was placed in foster care and spent most of her childhood in/out of 10 different foster homes and schools. Mrs. Gaither reunited all of her siblings and took on odd jobs to support the family. However, because of her upbringing, she found what she thought was hope and love in joining a gang, abusing drugs and alcohol as a haven. Facing a near-death experience, Mrs. Gaither decided to change for the better. 

The Solution

Mrs. Gaither, as she is affectionately called, is an achiever that truly has a desire for success. She is constantly seen motivating others within the class. Most relate and have chosen to be committed to the class because of her “If I can do it “attitude. She can be seen giving rides to students that ask, expecting nothing in return. She is always aiding others in the class. Patricia matriculated through the ranks of the program obtaining high enough scores to attend the MIBEST (Mississippi Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) dual enrollment program. Being faithful in attendance, dedicated to her coursework, and committed to achieving, Patricia didn’t allow ANY obstacle to stop her from accomplishing what she set out to do. 

The Outcome

She will become a nurse. To accomplish this, she has already completed most of her MIBEST classes with a B average, and she has completed three of five parts of her high school equivalency examine. Moreover, Mrs. Gaither is slated to graduate from the MIBEST program in December 2017. She will be the first in her family to obtain a high school diploma and she has future plans pursue higher degrees. Patricia is truly a motivation for the work that I do, and she makes what I do worthwhile.

Charles Henley
Adult Learner

The Challenge

Charles Henley dropped out of school when he was a teenager and was heavily involved in street life. The more embodied that Charles became in gang activity, the more unsafe he felt. This, along with meeting his wife, prompted him to want to change his life. Charles started floating from different dead-end jobs to support his growing family.

The Solution

Charles decided to enroll in Adult Basic Education classes at Coahoma Community College towards the end of 2016. Over the course of a couple months, Charles buckled down for his studies. We worked diligently in language arts and math, two of his struggle areas, to ensure optimal comprehension. Charles not only came to class every day but also was very engaging in all activity. Many of my younger students looked up to Charles as a role model because he was so transparent with his life and his mistakes. They saw that they could turn their life around and change for the better. 

The Outcome

Through his consistent attendance and hard work, Charles’ TABE scores increased. He passed all his practice tests and was ready for the real HiSet exam. Charles passed all his HiSet tests and graduated during our spring commencement ceremony. He is now enrolled in our Emergency Medical Technician short-term program.

Andrew Madden
Adult Learner

The Challenge

Andrew Madden is a resident of Iuka, Mississippi where he has lived with his family for 14+ years. Andrew had been enrolled in the Acellus Homeschool Academy and had been unable to complete his HSE in the home school environment. He decided to pursue his High School Equivalency (HSE) with us in Adult Education. We discovered very quickly that Andrew was very intelligent but lacked to tools and motivation to complete his training.

The Solution

In September of 2016, he enrolled in the Smart Start class offered by the Northeast Mississippi Community College Department of Adult Education. Andrew completed the Mississippi Smart Start class in October of 2016 and immediately began to work on his HSE.

The Outcome

Andrew completed 12 weeks of internship working in the local Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store and obtained his HSE in February of 2017. He obtained the Industrial Math Certification, Manufacturing Skills Certification, CPR Certification, and the OSHA 10 Safety Certification.
Andrew’s future plans include: taking a little time off, securing a part-time job, and entering into a degree program. He is interested in the Psychology field of study and one day become a therapist.

Jerry Clay Merritt
Adult Learner

The Challenge

Jerry Merritt is 41 years old and dropped out of school in junior high. He was ridiculed by a teacher and lost all confidence in himself as a student. He immediately went to work and began his adult life at a not so adult age.

The Solution

Jerry came into this program determined to accomplish a goal that for years he thought was unattainable. He worked full-time every day then came to class and worked even harder.

The Outcome

Jerry passed all parts of the HiSet except writing. For two weeks in a row he met with me to work on his writing skills, and finally, Jerry Clay passed that writing test! All he needed was to believe in himself again…and now he does!

Asher Pugh
Adult Learner

The Challenge

Even though Asher (far right) was considered to be a very high-level student, his high school experience was not a positive one for him. With Asher’s mindset that everyone doubted him and his parents realized he was having a very difficult time, it was decided to withdraw him and attempt to homeschool. Soon realizing homeschooling was not as successful as they’d hoped, it was decided to enroll Asher into Holmes Community College’s high school equivalency program in January 2017.

The Solution

Just a few months after enrolling, it was evident that Asher’s confidence in himself was growing as well as his academic progress. His determination to attend class regularly and committing himself to studying were exemplified in him consistently showing educational gains at a rapid pace. Just under 6 months of enrolling, Asher received his high school equivalency in May 2017. Through career planning, the instructor and transition specialist guided Asher in the admissions process toward his goal of becoming a welder. Asher’s enthusiasm was so contagious that his father, Aubrey, also wanted to enroll in school. When both Asher and Aubrey started the process of enrolling in college Isiah, Asher’s brother wanted to enroll as well.

The Outcome

As of today, all three-Asher, Aubrey and Isiah-are enrolled full-time at Holmes’ Ridgeland Campus and are thriving. While dad, Aubrey, is looking forward to entering the workforce as a welder, Asher wants to stack another credential to his Welding skills with Industrial Maintenance and Isiah is researching universities to further his degree. “I can’t thank Holmes’ Adult Education program enough”, Asher’s mother, Patty said. “It would not and could not have happened if it weren’t for them”.