The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) gave Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici its highest honor at Portland Community College.
On Tuesday, May 29, local members of COABE, which includes Portland, Chemeketa, Clatsop, and Mt. Hood community colleges, handed Bonamici the Champion of Adult Education Award in front of adult basic education and English Speakers of Other Languages students at the Rock Creek Campus (177705 NW Springville Road).
The organization honored the congresswoman for her work on the PARTNERS Act, which promotes registered apprenticeships and other work-based learning programs for small and medium-sized businesses within in-demand industry sectors. Along with the PROSPER Act (which prepares students through expanded access for careers and degree completion), adult basic education students are able to find pathways to living-wage jobs and degree completion.