Adult Learners Celebrate New Beginnings

Two adult education graduates dressed in bright blue caps and gowns smile for the camera
Adults from near and around the globe celebrated their achievements at our Adult Education program graduation at Hackett Middle School in Albany on August 22.

Nearly 60 adults learners were recently honored for achieving major milestones in their lives—earning their high school diplomas by completing our High School Equivalency (HSE) program and/or improving their English skills through our English As A New Language (ENL) program.

The graduates hail from countries as diverse as Myanmar, Afghanistan, Yemen, Ecuador and Congo completed rigorous programs that have prepared them for life in the global workforce. These individuals are just some of the approximately 1,000 adult learners we serve annually. Many of the adult learners are pursuing education in our post-secondary trade programs such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), welding and nursing.

“Demand is high for programs that allow students to re-direct their lives or to get an edge in a challenging workforce,” said Nancy Liddle, business liaison for Capital Region BOCES. “We are pleased to be able to offer these courses and provide adults across the region with a new beginning.”