On May 16th, 2017 two adult education ambassadors from Pima College Adult Basic Education for College and Career spoke eloquently before the Pima County Board of Supervisors thanking them for their support of adult education.
Recent GED graduate, Student Leadership Council Representative and AmeriCorps member, Alejandra de la Rosa shared her story about taking the GED exam and passing all of her tests. She also told the Pima County government representatives that her AmeriCorps service as a math tutor for other adult education students at the El Pueblo Liberty Learning Center helped her discover that she has a talent for teaching. She is now reconsidering her career path. Alejandra will walk with hundreds of other HSE graduates on June 1st at the Tucson Convention Center at 7:00pm.
Faith Kelleher also expressed her gratitude for the County’s support. She told Supervisors that adult basic education helped her “get her life back.” Faith’s heroic story of being abducted as a child and then escaping from a human trafficking ring in the US brought the audience to tears. After she earns her diploma, she wants to become a social worker and assist other young women and girls who have suffered in similar circumstances. In the meantime, she enjoys the freedom to study math, reading and writing at the 29th St. Coalition Center. Faith also shares her story with other survivors about the necessity and benefits of community programs such as The Gospel Rescue Mission and Pima College Adult Basic Education.