From Hilton Worrell, Personal Advocate in our new program for out-of-school youth:
We are on our way! Last night Jennifer and I had the pleasure of attending CSI’s Commencement Ceremony and I must say it was a nice experience. Not only were people honored for achieving their goals no matter what they were, it was also a ceremony to acknowledge the efforts put forth by those who have not quite made it yet. I personally did not feel any distinction between a college grad, GED recipient or newly enrolled ESOL/GED student.
To top the wonderful evening off, one of our ACE students, Nwachi Hartley, was honored for most improved student. The professor of his class gave the best speech of the night outlining his work and commitment to Nwachi and all of our students while highlighting their accomplishments.
This was captured in our first “NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ABOUT A STUDENT IN OUR PROGRAM “ We are very excited and expect more of the same in the future just a bit more frequently. The best thing about the evening was that our students left there with a renewed sense of purpose which we hope becomes contagious. Jennifer and I already feel it. Go ACE!!!!
Adults lauded for pursuing GED's
By ANDREW MINUCCI
ADVANCE STAFF WRITER
“Raise your hand if you're a parent," said Staci Weile, the program's director, and countless hands shot into the air in the dimly lit Williamson Theater. "Now, raise your hand if you're a single parent ... if your child is in school ... if you have a full-time job ... if you came from another country ... if you left school to work." As hands were raised and lowered, the message became clear: These students had extra hurdles to clear on their educational path.
For Park Hill resident Nwachi Hartley, who received an outstanding student award, taking a class with Professor Huntley James helped him achieve more than just his GED.
Before departing the podium, Ms. Weile offered a final message to the packed auditorium in the form of a quote by educator John Dewey: "Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself."