Older Learners Honored at HCDE Share Stories of Struggle, Success
Older learners share stories about learning English, gaining new careers and balancing adult responsibility as they are honored on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Harris County Department of Education, 6300 Irvington. The 32 adults are inducted into the National Adult Education Honor Society as outstanding learners who go above-and-beyond to better themselves and help and inspire others.
- Nanny from Mexico gets three medical certifications through free GED and workforce education programs at HCDE, allowing her to make up to $20 an hour once she earns her GED.
- Former doctor and immigrant from Venezuela who is taking English as a second language (ESL) classes talks about moving from saving lives in the hospital emergency room in his homeland to earning minimum wage as a restaurant employee as he learns English.
- Venezuela native progresses through English as a second language classes and works her way up from dishwasher to service manager to general manager of Chipotle Restaurant. Her employer sings her praises in a letter of commendation for the honor society award.
- Mother who finishes raising her high-achieving children gets her turn to go back to school to prove to her children that she can get her GED.
- City utility laborer working through the havoc of Harvey gets passed up for a promotion because of his lack of education–decides he can do better by getting his GED.