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Adult Learner Success


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Charlene found herself in a new city without many prospects. Recently divorced and looking for ways to support her three children, Charlene came to NWACC’s Adult Education program with high hopes.

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.

After the crushing loss of her baby, Hayley had to decide whether she would give up or continue her path forward through adult education. 

Karina needed a program that would allow her to work a full time job and complete her high school education. Adult education met her where she was at, and propelled her to success beyond her wildest dreams.

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

Nicole found herself out of work with two grandsons to support, and underqualified for nearly every position she applied for. As she began looking for work, she realized that without a high school equivalency exam every door was closing on her.

After years of mental health issues and cycles of substance abuse, Stacie lost custody of her three children and adult education became her only hope.

As a young person Tania’s future goals had nothing to do with education. She never dreamed that enrolling in adult education would become one of the most influential decisions she ever made.

When his company instituted a new payroll system that required everyone to input their educational history, David knew his secret was out. At the age of 58, he realized he would have to start over.

Adult education has fueled Ginessa’s future goals. With two daughters to support, Ginessa enrolled in adult education and aimed high to achieve her dreams in the medical field.

Upon arriving in the United States, Innocent realized that his prior degree would not be accepted in U.S. hospitals, and he turned to adult education to help him fulfill his dreams of a career in medicine.

Diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and depression, Maria dropped out of high school in 2017. Finally, her dream of pursuing a medical career that allowed her to give back to her community was within reach.

Maria entered the Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) program to learn English, improve her communication skills, and expand her job opportunities. She states, “This program… has allowed me to find the job of my dreams!”

When Wendy happened upon a brochure at the bank for an adult education program, a world of opportunity called her away from her dairy farm and into a new and exciting career.

Raiza found adult education when she came here from Caracas, Venezuela in 2018. It provided a pathway to improve her English skills and gave her the tools she needed to follow her dreams of owning her own business.

Adult education gave Patrick a foundation to build upon as he broke free from years of drug and alcohol addiction. They could not believe the results that came from him taking this first step.

Adult education provided Meegen with the ability to learn. She states, “I’ve gone from jail, addiction, and pain to barbells, protein, power, and a Lexus!”

Growing up in the Dominican Republic, Marcos came to the United States. Adult education opened his eyes to all of the opportunities he had before him, and even he could not believe the path he ended up taking.

 After attending the Houston Community College (HCC) Adult Education orientation meeting, the 32-year-old realized he needed a goal to fuel his ambition, and he decided to take his dreams all the way to the top.

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.”

Toneshia decided it was time to empower herself and lead her children and grandchildren by example. The journey was difficult because of her many medical challenges, but the results she attained made it all worth it.

Adult education showed Mousumi that a medical career was possible, even after having children. She states, “I feel proud. I am a woman, I am smart, and I know I can do anything.”

After years of drug dependence, adult education gave Hunter the boost she needed to reclaim the life of her dreams.

Adult education allowed Harjit to upskill her resume so that she could achieve success in a new country.

When Bruce had to drop out of high school to help his family during an interstate move, adult education placed Bruce on the fast-track to a world of possibilities.

Bridget’s dyslexia threatened to shut her out from success until adult education intervened in her life.


All the way from Iraq, Wurood would not allow language to become the barrier that would stop her from achieving success. Adult education gave her the education and training she needed to pursue the medical career of her dreams.

Adult education gave Yolanda the English skills she needed to fulfill her dreams in America.

After years of homelessness, adult education gave Scott the tools he needed to pursue a career in technology.

Adult education provided English skills to Quang “Howie” Cao, but the educational vision it provided, led him to so much more. 

 As soon as his supervisors found out he could not read, Mike was never able to advance. Adult education not only gave him the tools to read, it provided a new and exciting career for him at the age of 53!

Hoping for a better life for her four children, Marlene moved to the United States and enrolled in adult education. Marlene was highly qualified back in her home country, but her lack of English skills would make employment almost impossible. Adult education stepped in and fulfilled her highest career aspirations. 

Adult education helped LeMar realize that his past bad choices did not have to imprison him for the rest of his life. After 23 years behind bars, the vocational classes LeMar took while inside equipped him with the skills he needed to own his own successful business and pursue his dreams of giving back to the community.

After a head-on collision with a drunk driver robbed her of her ability to walk, Chelle discovered adult education and decided to start her life over in an exciting new legal profession.

Adult education awakened a love for learning in Blu, and once she began, the sky was the limit!

When a vicious rumor spread in high school, Ashanti thought that was the end of education for her. Little did she know, adult education would meet her twenty years later and change her life.    

Adult education opened the door for Anneyris to serve the members of her community while being well paid. And her dreams are just getting started.

Adult education gave Cristian the path to his diploma after years of homeschooling.

Adult education helped Bing form a long-term friendship that bloomed into a beautiful business.

Adult education showed Millicent that it was never too late to experience success.

Adult education helped Greity remove her language barrier so she could pursue her medical career in the United States.

Adult education gave Haziel a path forward when it seemed too late for him.

Adult education came through for Jayce when he decided to fulfill a promise he had made to his mother long ago.

After over 30 years living in addiction and domestic violence, Kelli turned to adult education to start her life again.

Adult education gave Patty the resources she needed to achieve her life-long goal of receiving her diploma.

Adult education enabled Marisol to follow her lifelong dream of completing her education.

Adult education gave LaShonda hope.