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Andrea Gamble, CAACE 2017 Learner of the Year, Given National Recognition in the COABE April "Adult Learner Success Stories"

Congratulations to Andrea and the Windsor Adult Education Program!

Andrea Gamble
Adult Learner

The Challenge

Andrea began her educational journey enrolled in the daytime adult basic education program in 2009. She continued preparing for the GED® exam by enrolling every semester until the middle of the spring 2012 semester. Andrea stopped coming to classes because, after a long process of trying to provide proof of legal residency, she was deported. This meant that Andrea, along with her three young sons, had to return to Jamaica for three years and then reapply for United States residency.

The Solution

Andrea was allowed to return to Connecticut on June 24, 2015, and enrolled for the fall 2015 Windsor Adult Education program to continue her educational commitment. Her progress that semester qualified her for the National External Diploma Program (NEDP). Through program collaboration, Andrea was accepted and attended the West Hartford Adult Education NEDP. Andrea started her NEDP commitment in January of 2016 and successfully completed by May.

The Outcome

In July of 2016, she enrolled at Capital Community College and earned her Certified Nursing Assistant Certification in August. Andrea plans to stay committed to her educational goals, continue taking courses in the health field, and possibly obtain a registered nursing degree. She is currently working as a CNA.