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Adult Education Innovations

State Contacts


State Agency

Terry R. Gilleland, Jr.
Director of Adult Education & Literacy Services
Division of Workforce Development
and Adult Learning Department of Labor
1100 North Eutaw Street Room 120
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 767-1008 Fax: (410) 333-2099
Email: terry.gilleland@maryland.gov
Website: http://dllr.maryland.gov/gedmd/

State Association

Douglas Weimer
Maryland Association for Adult Community and Continuing Education (MAACCE-MD)
Maryland
Phone: 410-986-5455
Email: president@MAACCEmd.org
Website: http://www.maaccemd.org/

 

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Adult Learner Success Stories


 

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Samantha Austin
Adult Learner 

The Challenge

In 1993, Samantha arrived in the United States from St. Lucia, a small island in the Caribbean, in order to pursue the American Dream. However, she soon found out that her schooling in the Caribbean was not enough to get a good paying job in the USA.

The Solution

Samantha decided to go back to school and she attended evening classes at a Prince George’s Community College’s Adult Education instructional center. But then she got married and had a family which became her first priority and she was no longer able to continue attending evening classes. But years later, Samantha decided to re-start her journey and return to taking Adult Education classes on the campus of Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland. Nothing would get in her way this time.

The Outcome

Eventually, she earned her Maryland high school diploma with the support of her teachers and tutor and she decided to pursue an Associate’s Degree at the college in Early Childhood Education. She was awarded a full scholarship from Prince George’s Community College which was renewed for a second year. Her recommendation is to get your high school diploma through an Adult Education program and seek all the help, support, and resources available. The sky’s the limit!

Amanda Kline
Adult Learner 

The Challenge

Due to a variety of circumstances, I became a single parent working low paying jobs and barely managing, even after obtaining government assistance. I was without a high school diploma and had no higher education. There are not many options at this point for elevating yourself except to work at obtaining the credentials needed to get a better job and outlook on life.

The Solution

I first came to HCC in 2015 and started with their online GED® study course. This was easiest for me since I could do it from home. After passing my GED® test I set my sights on higher education. I decided on the CMAA certification, certified medical administrative assistant. This is a noncredit program for busy adults. I was approved for a scholarship for this course and started immediately. After obtaining my GED® credential and completing my CMAA program I am happy to say that I am looking forward to my externship at Upper Chesapeake Hospital. This is where I hope to land my first job and continue up the line of promotion through higher education.

The Outcome

I am also looking forward to showing my daughter a stronger, more independent role model. None of this would be possible without the adult education programs offered by Harford Community College. Without them, there would be no hope for everyone who finds themselves without proper education later in life. Education is the key!

Jose O. Hernandez
Adult Learner 

The Challenge

Jose was born and raised on a farm in El Salvador. His parents had no education, but his father taught him how to work hard and manage his money. At 19 years old, while the soldiers were in route to his family’s farm, Jose’s mother gave him a $100 bill and made him leave immediately to avoid being forcibly made to fight in the brutal El Salvadoran civil war. Jose struggled and found his way to the USA. He had to build a new life knowing no English and having no formal education.

The Solution

He lived in many states before finding employment in Maryland and finally settling in Charles County. Jose made his way to Maryland and settled in Charles County. He enrolled in citizenship class and English as a Second Language class at the Charles County Public Schools Lifelong Learning Adult Education Center. Jose prepared himself and took advantage of the opportunity to become a citizen of the United States. When Jose started classes, he explained that all he knew was “street English”. It was quite a challenge learning formal English. The work ethic that Jose learned from his father served him well as he moved through the ESL levels. Jose secured a salaried, permanent job as a cook at a local restaurant.

The Outcome

Since he began his education, Jose had maintained his position as a cook, has purchased a home, married, and had two sons. He now is a Family Literacy student improving in reading, writing, and math. His vocabulary grows stronger daily. Through taking citizenship class, Jose has a great interest in U.S. and World History. He is a leader in the classroom, a dedicated father. Jose plans to continue studying toward his goal: to achieve his high school diploma.

Sam Vega
Adult Learner 

The Challenge

When I was younger we moved around a lot never staying in one place for too long. I didn’t know what to do with my life so I didn’t do anything at all. I gave up on everything in life when I was younger, including myself. I gave up on high school and dropped out and have worked ever since. I was a high school drop out that lived alone and didn’t even have a car. On August 2014, I found out I was about 8 weeks pregnant. 

The Solution

On September 17, 2014, I had a miscarriage. Never have I thought I could be so destroyed by the words “you had a miscarriage.” I let my child down and I still wasn’t doing anything with myself. With much thought, I decided to pursue my high school diploma through the adult education program, so I could go to college. I took the miscarriage as a sign that maybe I needed to change as a person in order for the pain to subside. Being 26 working full-time, purposing my diploma was no easy task. For the first time in forever, I had to sit done and actually do homework. I had to work towards this goal of mine every day in order to graduate so I can go to college in the spring.

The Outcome

December 2015, I obtained my high school diploma and was accepted into college. I now have completed 4 semesters of college. This has been a chain reaction of wonderful opportunities in my life because when I started to educate myself more, I found myself getting health insurance through work, setting up a 401k plan, and living an overall better life through higher education. I am now 28 years old, a homeowner that works full-time and goes to school full-time.