Educate & Elevate
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WHAT IS EDUCATE & ELEVATE?
The 55,000+ adult education leaders stand united in a national campaign to move learning opportunities forward for all Americans to achieve economic mobility. If you are an adult educator stand with us in this educational campaign to help funders understand the value we bring to students, workers and businesses in contributing to social mobility and economic growth. If we educate, then we elevate. Learn more >
DAVID SORDIA, POLICE OFFICER
David told me that “procrastination is a disease, if you want something bad enough, you need to be willing to work for it.” David had always dreamed of getting his high school equivalency diploma and having a career but never had the educational support to motivate him towards his goals. Suffering from procrastination and the lack of motivation, he decided to begin the adult education program at Rio Salado College. David stated that this was the best decision he has ever made.
SANDRA LARSON, FINANCIAL ADVISOR
After giving birth to her beautiful daughter, seventeen-year-old Sandra was desperate to finish her education. She knew she needed to have a successful career in order to support her new family however, she was overwhelmed at the difficulty of caring for her baby while finishing a traditional high school program.
KEVIN HUNT, AUTHOR/SPEAKER
Kevin Hunt Sr. dropped out of school in Junior High. His life went into a downward spiral for many years afterward. Unable to support himself due to his lack of education, Kevin relied on his family for their financial support. In 2001, he made a decision that would be the catalyst for changing his entire life, he enrolled in Shorter College GED program.
MARC POMERLAU, PHARMACY TECHNICIAN
Marc Pomerleau resides in Gardena, California. At one time, he worked at Torrance Memorial Hospital as a patient transporter. While working at the hospital, he often passed by the pharmacy department and pictured himself working there. Marc started to research which school had a program that would be nearby and convenient for him after work. He found out that the Levy Educational Center of Torrance Adult School was located less than a half mile away and offered a Pharmacy Technician Program.
VAN TRAN, MECHANICAL ENGINEER
Van Tran enrolled for English (ESL) classes. After assessment and pre-test, she was placed in the low-beginning class. At that time she was middle-aged. She had a strong desire to go to college, but she did not know how to go about it. None in her family or friends knew what her options were. She was frustrated because she did not have a high school diploma from a U.S. school because she was a refugee from Vietnam.