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Adult education gave Fousseyni the confidence he needed to overcome his worries about life in a new country. Many challenges awaited him, however, his years of hard work would certainly pay off.

Adult education gave Mamadou the head start he needed in a new country and fueled his dreams with possibilities.

Jacques fled to the United States from the war-torn country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Jacques’ path in adult education, would lead him higher than he could have imagined. He states, “No one comes this far to be unsuccessful.”




“Since I started the English as second language classes, my English has improved. At work, I communicate better. I am not nervous anymore. Now it is easier when I need to write a note or email. I understand more and speak more.”

Martha Blake

Adult Learner, St. Charles Community College Adult Education and Literacy

“I entered the classroom a few times, in and out, before the year of 2016/2017. I had a severe drug problem, low self-esteem, and absolutely no confidence in myself. On August 11, 2016, I entered back in the classroom, being 8 months sober. I was so happy when I saw that Lorie Miller was still the teacher! This was a special year. Throughout this year, Lorie always believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. She never let me give up. She always pushed, encouraged, and gave direction! I am now 17 months sober and walking across the stage on June 8, 2017, with confidence!! The world may just look at Lorie Miller as a teacher, but her students look at her as a hero! Thank you, Lorie, for all the time and hard work you put into your students.”

Dana Tabor

Adult Learner, St. Charles Community College Adult Education and Literacy

“I have been living in this beautiful country for 16 years. In 2015, my life changed. I made the decision to go back to school and try to get my HSE credential. It was very hard because my first language is Spanish. Mrs. Shirley Berryman, who always helped me and cheered me on, taught me that nothing is impossible. Also, Mrs. Gail Voss helped me through this process, as well as Ms. Ingrid Casillo. I’m the first Spanish student finishing the course and getting the HSE diploma from the Spanish program, which was implemented in 2015, and I’m so proud of my achievement.”

Jose Viveros Barcenas

Adult Learner, St. Charles Community College Adult Education and LIteracy