Maine’s adult education students were honored at the State House on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Those in attendance were from among a pool of over 50,000 adults enrolled in academic, workforce and personal enrichment courses throughout the State. The celebration highlighted student successes and provided an opportunity for adult learners to share their experiences.
Araminta Mayberry shared her personal journey through RSU 16 Adult Education as one of three Maine Adult Education students to speak at the event. Having left school as a youth in the 8th grade, she later graduated with her GED from Mechanic Falls Adult Education in 2002 at age 28. Returning once more in 2014 after years in the baking industry and the desire for a better career, she took advantage of free Maine College Transitions programming in order to prepare for college. Now in her second semester as a student at Central Maine Community College, she maintains a 3.81 GPA as she works toward her goal to become a Human Resources Professional.
Acting Education Commissioner William H. Beardsley along with State Director of Adult Education Gail Senese also spoke, applauding the adult learners and recognizing their determination and perseverance.