The Adult Academic Program (AAP) of Robbinsdale Area Schools held its annual Adult Basic Education graduation on May 29. This year, AAP has served over 135 adult students helping them earn a GED or a high school diploma. Now these students can move on to the next phase of their educational journey which may be more schooling or job training. AAP students have all overcome a variety of life obstacles in order to achieve their diploma.
“Returning to school as an adult is not an easy task,” said Theresa Zingery, Adult Academic Program Director. “Often, adult students must juggle family and work responsibilities as well as transportation challenges. However, these students have made their education a priority and are on their way toward their future goals.”
Edith Tlaseca is one of these goal-driven AAP students and served as a graduation speaker this year. Originally from Mexico, Edith moved to the U.S. for a better education and to fulfill her dream of becoming a registered nurse. After attending high school in Minneapolis for two years, Edith had to drop out so she could work to help support her parents and siblings. Edith never gave up her dream for a nursing career. In 2011, she joined Adult Academic Program’s Family Literacy program where she improved her English language skills and her children attended preschool classes. Edith did not stop there! After improving her English skills, she moved on to AAP’s Academic Skills classes where she studied for the GED exams which she passed in December 2013.
While studying for the GED in school, Edith also took AAP’s online classes that allowed her to work on her math and reading skills at home. She also found time to be a part of AAP’s Student Advisory Board and Elder Care Employment & Civics Education program. Furthermore, this incredibly motivated student recently signed up for AAP’s Introduction to Health Care Careers class which will help prepare her for future nursing classes. “My teachers have given me the tools to move up in school,” explained Edith of all her teachers at the Adult Academic Program. “I am so thankful for this program that changes everybody’s life. My life is totally different now!” After finishing the Introduction to Health Care Careers Class, Edith is looking forward to starting classes at Hennepin Technical College through a cooperative program with AAP and a FastTRAC grant.
“Edith is a pure joy. She certainly has a steady eye on her goal of becoming a nurse. Considering her dedication and motivation while attending the Adult Academic Program, there is little doubt that she will, indeed, achieve her goal,” said Zingery.
Annually, Robbinsdale Adult Academic Program provides instruction to over 1,000 students including those seeking to improve their English language skills or to improve their reading, writing, and math skills. AAP students can also complete their high school diploma, prepare for the GED, and get ready for college. The Adult Academic Program is located in the Sandburg Learning Center at 2400 Sandburg Lane, Golden Valley 55427 with additional classes located online and at Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park.