Abigail is a 17 year old High School Completion Program student who will earn a diploma from Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans. She came to Vermont Adult Learning in search of an environment that took into consideration her learning style and would give her the attention she desired. Upon finishing her diploma, she plans to go to college to earn a Bachelor’s Degree and pursue a career as a kindergarten teacher.
Her advice for others considering Vermont Adult Learning? “Be prepared to be your own advocate. You are the only one who can decide for yourself. The people at VAL are just helping you find what you truly excel in. This has been a great life/learning experience, and it is one I will never forget.”
Mike could not read. He had memorized thousands of words by sight and no one knew that he had a learning disability. After high school he got a job driving a truck. He had a supervisor, however, who was very impressed with his talent, persistence and work ethic and recommended Mike for a promotion if he was able to improve his skills in reading and writing. Mike came to Vermont Adult Learning. He learned to read and he learned the accommodations necessary to facilitate his writing of memos and reports. Mike was promoted and became a supervisor in his own right! At the request of management, he also shared his story at regional gatherings of his co-workers inspiring several in each location to come to Vermont Adult Learning to improve their skills.
Megan is a 19 year old High School Completion Program student who will earn a diploma from Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans.
Megan came to Vermont Adult Learning in search of a place where she could complete her education in a setting she enjoyed. Her passion for the digital arts and video editing lead her towards exploring post-secondary education.
Megan’s advice to others? “Take nothing for granted. I struggled so hard for years. It brings tears to my eyes when I think about how much Vermont Adult Learning has supported me.”
Karry is a volunteer firefighter/EMT and a new mother who recently earned her diploma through our High School Completion Program (HSCP). She left high school a few credits shy of graduation and gave birth to her baby girl a few months later. Karry contacted Vermont Adult Learning and began working with a HSCP Plan Manager to develop a proficiency – based graduation plan based on her career aspirations and approved by her high school. She focused her efforts in the areas of health services and childcare. Upon successful completion and receipt of her high school diploma, Karry got a job in the child care program at the Sports and Fitness Edge. Karry now earns enough money to support her family and has the flexibility to bring her daughter to work. Having completed two on-line courses at CCV, Karry is now applying to the RN program at Vermont Technical College!