Maria enrolled in our program in November of 2008 as an ABE [Adult Basic Education level] student. Originally, Maria immigrated from Cape Verde as a young girl and learned English as her first language.
Upon entering our program, she was assessed as an ABE student and worked her way up to GED and ultimately decided to enter the NEDP [National External Diploma] program.
Maria faced many challenges; she was a single mother of 3, worked part time as a bus monitor, and while taking classes, struggled with math and writing. Dedicated and determined to achieve her goal of a diploma, she worked endless days and nights.
That meant sometimes practicing the same material and skills over and over, asking lots of questions and being highly motivated to succeed.
She had support from her instructors and other staff who encouraged pushed Maria to do her absolute best. That meant sometimes practicing the same material and skills over and over, asking lots of questions and being highly motivated to succeed.
During this time, she had applied for another part-time position in homecare but was told that a high-school credential was required but once she earned a diploma the job was hers. Over this past summer, Maria earned her diploma and reapplied for that position and was hired. Her long-term goal is to be a part of the world of fashion.