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Adult Education Innovations

State Contacts

State Agency

Elaine Bryan
State Director of Adult Education
Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education
205 Jefferson Street P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 526-4823 Fax: (573) 526-5710

State Association

Brad Dorris
Missouri Association for Adult Continuing and Community Education (MAACCE-MO)
Phone: 417-455-5521


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Adult Learner Success Stories



Sandra Larson
Adult Learner

The Challenge

After giving birth to her beautiful daughter, seventeen-year-old Sandra was desperate to finish her education. She knew she needed to have a successful career in order to support her new family however, she was overwhelmed at the difficulty of caring for her baby while finishing a traditional high school program.

The Solution

Sandra enrolled in Joplin’s adult education and literacy (AEL) program, excited about its qualified instructors, flexible schedule, and excellent support system. Sandra’s teachers enjoyed her warm personality and eagerness to learn. She exhibited amazing leadership qualities. Although math was a challenge, Sandra was determined to stay the course. She passed her high school equivalency test and graduated from the Joplin Program.

The Outcome

Using the firm foundation laid by AEL, Sandra became a BSBA Finance/Economics Major. She graduated in May of 2005 and then attained her MBA in May of 2006. Sandra has worked as a financial advisor for Edward Jones and an advertising consultant for the Joplin Globe. Today her inspirational story has come full circle. She is currently a technology professional at corporate business systems, serving the same Joplin (AEL) Program that was there to lend her a helping hand when she needed it most.




“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