The students of the Adult Education Program in the Queen Creek Unified School District understand the value of being an educated member of the community. In addition to being students, these learners are mothers, fathers, caregivers, and employees so time for school is scarce. However, for the last 10 months; more than 260 adult learners attended English Language Acquisitions for Adults (ELAA), Adult Basic Education (ABE), and High School Equivalency (HSE) classes through the Queen Creek Adult Education Program located at Queen Creek Middle School. Some students took classes in the morning; others attended class at night.
“It took a lot of dedication. I didn’t always have the motivation to do it, but thankfully I was surrounded by people who wanted to see me succeed. So I pushed through. The key would definitely be to study and always ask questions when in doubt,” said student Korin Murillo.
This year, 26 Adult Education students passed the GED test and received their High School Equivalency Diploma. Meantime, students in the ELAA and ABE classes received a Promotion Certificate. All the students were recognized at an ‘End of Year’ ceremony May 30, 2017, at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center.
When asked what advice he would give future students, graduate Noah Jackson said; “To me, the Queen Creek Adult Education Program was a HUGE help in my success, and I know they will help others too. Don’t listen to other people. Prove them wrong! There will always be rejection and a lot of hard decision-making, but there are people along the way that will help you reach success when you can’t find it.”
Since 1995, QCUSD has offered adult education classes to adult learners. Through the years the district has maintained its commitment to providing a quality education for adult learners. Adult Education classes help students grow their English language skills, obtain their High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma; as well as, assist them in gaining access to higher education and employment opportunities.
To learn more about the QCUSD Adult Education program visit http://www.qcusd.org/Adult_Education_Program.