Adult Learners Graduate in Windsor Area
When Jacquelen Miller-Parker was a 19-year-old high-school student, work looked like a better idea than going to school. But after 20 years of waiting tables, she decided to return to learning. Her first step was to enrol in the Windsor Adult High School, to obtain her high school diploma for adults. “I left Windsor High School when I was 19 years old. I wasn’t interested in high school anymore and I thought I had a better future making money,” said Ms. Miller-Parker. “I wanted to try for a higher paying job, but realized I needed to get my high school diploma first. After being at the Windsor Adult High School, I became aware of my academic abilities and set higher goals for myself.” Ms. Miller-Parker has been accepted in the Bachelor of Education program at Mount Saint Vincent University, where she will study to become an elementary school teacher. She is one of 15 adult learners to graduate today, June 24, with a high-school diploma from the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board’s Windsor Adult High School. “Through the School for Adult Learning, Nova Scotians, like Jacquelen, get the skills they need to succeed at home, at work and in the community,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “The school is part of our effort to ensure people can return to learning and help pave the way to a brighter future for themselves and their families.” More than 450 Nova Scotians are graduating this month with a high-school diploma for adults. About 4,800 Nova Scotians are enrolled in programs supported by the School for Adult Learning at more than 170 sites across the province. “Congratulations to the 2005 graduates of the Windsor Adult High School. The number of graduates has doubled from last year and we are proud of the group that will be moving on, many to post-secondary institutions,” said Joanne MacGillvray, administrator, Windsor Adult High School. “Many of our students achieved this goal while raising a family and working a part-time job. Their dedication and commitment to finishing high school has been rewarded and we wish them success in the future.” The School for Adult Learning is funded by the departments of Education and Community Services, and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is part of the provincial government’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative, which involves training and skills upgrading, from basic literacy to workplace learning and job skills training.