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The Importance of Transforming Adult Learning

Posted on 04/15/2015

Carmen Navarro
Carmen Navarro
Adult Education Students Succeed

When OTAN began the Adult Education Student Succeed project several years ago it was designed to showcase successful adult learners in celebration of California Adult Education's sesquecentennial. Surpassing our original intent, Adult Education Students Succeed continues to grow and is now gaining national recognition. In the past month two former California adult education learners from the site have gained national recognition.

Read the beginning of Carmen Navarro's story below. The full Homeroom Blog article is linked at the end. Another article about Rigo Alvarado is available in this earlier OTAN news post.

Several years ago, Carmen, a single, widowed parent, immigrated from Mexico to California to create a better life for herself and her two-year-old son. When she arrived in the U.S., she spoke very little English. She enrolled in ESL classes at New Haven Adult School and then went on to earn her GED. But Carmen soon realized that she needed to acquire more skills in order to find a job that paid a living wage. While working part-time, maintaining a home and raising her children, Carmen went on to earn her Adult Education Teaching Credential. She eventually completed her Bachelor of Arts degree. Today, Carmen is a computer skills instructor at New Haven Adult School, where she inspires ESL students to achieve their most ambitious education and career goals, just as she did.

Carmen's story illustrates the importance of supporting low-skilled adults who are working hard to support their families. Last year, approximately 1,300 school districts and 370 partner organizations invested $231 million in federal resources and $614 million in state resources for foundation skills training.

Read the full story in the article, The Importance of Transforming Adult Learning External link opens in new window or tab on the U. S. Department of Education's Homeroom Blog.

Visit the Adult Education Students Succeed External link opens in new window or tab Web site to read stories and watch videos of other successful adult education students. Nominations External link opens in new window or tab of successful California adult education students are accepted on an ongoing basis.