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State Data on Adult Education


 

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Adult Learner Success Stories


 

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William Flynn
Adult Learner

The Challenge

Louis Moore is a former GED student who started at Rio Salado College Bridge Pathways in July 2013 at the age of 17 continuing his education from where he left off in his junior year of high school. On December 29th, 2016, Louis was hit by a truck and lost a majority of his memory two hours after being only one point short of getting his GED. Suffering from Amnesia, he had to take a hiatus from school for seven months.

The Solution 

At the age of ten, William experienced a life-changing event. His mother presented him with a box. He opened it to find it full of letters from a father he had never known. At first, this meant nothing to him but eventually led to communication and a bond with a blood relative William never imagined he had. He began seventh grade again, this time online, and later took up residence with his father and began GED classes with us. His mother, able to focus on her own problems, entered a drug rehabilitation program.
William, through all the vicissitudes of his young life, has tried to learn and grow. He never missed my class and very quickly GED tested out of it. His goal is to join the Air Force and honorably serve his country.

The Outcome

While with us, William obtained a job at UPS, with the offer that it remains his if, after the military, he should wish to return.
William is an example of trial transforming an individual rather than defeating him. He is kind, non-judgmental, and remains devoted to and inspires the people who were and are part of his life. His mother, drug-free, has a job; his father is gainfully employed; his brother is in school. They have lifted up one another, and Rio has been a part of it.

 

Linda Langston
Adult Learner

Linda Langston’s digital story documents the beginning of her journey back into education. “Life was too short. I had so much that I still wanted to do. I set a goal to finish school before my daughter graduated from high school. I tried to make up 101 reasons why I shouldn’t walk into the orientation, but it was the best decision I could make for myself.” Despite many life challenges, Linda got her diploma, joined the Adult Ed Ambassadors Leadership program, completed her Behavioral Health Services certificate at Pima Community College, and joined PCC AmeriCorps. Now, she is working towards a degree in social work. She serves as an ambassador doing outreach to the community, mentoring other students, and advocating for our programs.

 

 


Louis Moore

Adult Learner

The Challenge

Louis Moore is a former GED student who started at Rio Salado College Bridge Pathways in July 2013 at the age of 17 continuing his education from where he left off in his junior year of high school. On December 29th, 2016, Louis was hit by a truck and lost a majority of his memory two hours after being only one point short of getting his GED. Suffering from Amnesia, he had to take a hiatus from school for seven months.

The Solution 

Louis has always dreamed to be a music producer. So, he is planning to study Audio and Visual production. He knew that he needed to achieve his GED first. But developing memory loss had prevented him from his dreams to come true. When Louis decided to go back to school after a seven-month intermission in his education, Rio Salado College Bridge Pathways program welcomed him with open arms enrolling him in classes to continue his education toward his goal to get his GED from where he had exactly left off. With a lot of motivation and support, his instructors were helping him with his educational needs to achieve his goals and to be more and more successful in his life.

The Outcome

Despite dealing with a concussion and not having all of his memory back after the accident, Louis earned his GED in less than two months in October 2017 after his second enrollment. Receiving his GED, Louis found a better job. With all his efforts and accomplishments, not only is he able to help his family in major ways, he is a perfect role model for his younger siblings for success. In addition, Louis will walk for Rio Salado College Bridge Pathways program in May 2018 as a graduate.

 


David Sordia

Adult Learner

The Challenge

David told me that “procrastination is a disease, if you want something bad enough, you need to be willing to work for it.” David had always dreamed of getting his high school equivalency diploma and having a career but never had the educational support to motivate him towards his goals. Suffering from procrastination and the lack of motivation, he decided to begin the adult education program at Rio Salado College. David stated that this was the best decision he has ever made.

The Solution 

Rio Salado provided David with the one-on-one support that he needed. He had educational support from his instructors and motivational support from his Success Coaches. David met every day with his Student Success Instructor and coach, Michael Major, to review test scores to create an individual action plan for success. With support, David became highly motivated finishing the program within a couple weeks to obtain his GED. His Success Coach and Instructor assisted him with the career guidance, resume building, and professional career skill development to help him be successful after the program.

The Outcome

David obtained his GED within two months of starting the program. David developed a personal sense of confidence through Rio Salado’s education and support services provided. David is very close to becoming an officer of the Phoenix Police Department. David just needs to pass one more exam, attend orientation in December of 2017, and then begin the police academy in January of 2018. Upon a successful Police Academy, David will become a police officer in May of 2018.