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February 2024

Meeting Up in Music City

If you are able to come in person, don’t miss the first ever Learner Summit on Monday, March 18th. Learn more about the Adult Learner Summit.

In addition to the Learner Summit on Monday, you will be invited to an exclusive VIP Event on Sunday night. Then, on Monday evening, join celebrity adult ed learners, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., winner of America's Got Talent, and Oliver James, TikTok sensation, during our Students as Leaders Networking event.

Be sure to reach out to your program to see if they can help you travel to Nashville for this incredible opportunity. Can’t make the trip to Nashville? You can still join the event virtually! Register here and select the virtual option. You can join the lineup of great sessions presented by adult education learners and alumni.

COABE Ambassador Spotlight

Lynne Hamblin, COABE Ambassador, Oregon

In 2019, Lynne was taking GED prep classes at Rogue Community College where her four-year-old twins were attending Head Start preschool. After one term, classes went from in-person to virtual due to COVID. Lynne was not able to attend online classes due to her two small children and teenage stepson at home. Once in-person classes started again, Lynne was able to return to her GED prep classes. Continue reading Lynne's story to see what she has done since receiving her GED.

Every month, the COABE Compass will spotlight the story of one of our COABE Ambassadors. If you want to learn more about how to become a COABE Ambassador, email [email protected].

A Day at the Capitol

Your voice matters, and legislators want to hear from you. Read about a group of adult learners who met with legislators at West Virginia’s Capitol building. 

If you are interested in connecting with legislators and using your voice to bring adult education into the spotlight, reach out to COABE’s Students as Leaders Coordinator at [email protected].

Seeking GED Success Stories

Mofilm, a film production company, is working with the Ad Council to celebrate the journey of individuals who have returned to school to complete their GED or HSE. Is this you or someone you know? We’re looking for inspiring stories to be a part of the 2024 “When you graduate, they graduate” campaign. With this campaign, we are aiming to inspire more people to take a step towards finding an adult education center to finish their degree! Check out the films here. We are looking for diverse individuals who:

  • Have received their GED or HSE and are either in college or actively employed
  • Are making an impact in their greater community
  • Are 25-45 years old
  • Live in the Los Angeles area

Note: This is a paid opportunity for you and your community. If you or someone you know fits this profile, please email [email protected] by 2/29 and we will follow up with more information.

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Google Scholars

The multi-year partnership between COABE and Google resulted in an award for 500 Google Career Certificates in six high-growth fields that lead to a median wage of $76,000 per year. Throughout the program, Google Scholars are able to access guidance from an experienced mentor and adult education teacher. We congratulate our certificate completers from January 2024 below. 

Project Management:

  • Nacoln Phaipanya (TX)
  • Teri Lacy (OH)

Digital Marketing and E-commerce:

  • Tiffany Lee (TX)
  • Marilyn Alexander (NM)
  • Nacoln Phaipanya (TX)
  • Guynell Grant (GA)

Google Data Analytics:

  • Nacoln Phaipanya (TX)
  • Gregory Jacques (NY)
  • Hanna Cherednyk (CA)

IT Support:

  • Aubrey Capers (AL)
  • Baylon Rabe (CA)

Thanks to the partnership between COABE and Google, you can continue to access Applied Digital Skills for free. Learn more and start strengthening your digital skills today!

COABE’s Advocast Podcast

Have you listened to COABE’s Advocast podcast? In each episode, co-hosts Erin and Sara talk to a guest about how they are working to change the field of adult education. Each episode also includes a special adult learner guest star who shares their story of how adult education has impacted their life. Learn more here, and listen on your favorite podcast platform. 

Listen to the latest episode of Advocast, "COABE Turns 25!". In this episode, we speak with COABE CEO, Sharon Bonney, and president-elect, Hector Martinez, about the past, present, and future of COABE. We are also joined by former adult learner, Kimberly Lee, who shares her story full of struggle and resilience. Her story will inspire adult learners and mothers everywhere. You won’t want to miss this episode!

Shout Out Your Success

With his high school education derailed and his life in shambles, Jonah found himself in drug court. As a stipulation of his release, Jonah was enrolled in Waipahu Community School for Adults. Adult education gave Jonah the tools to get his life together and begin dreaming big. Read Jonah's story.

View more success stories on the Educate and Elevate site. If you have a success story that you'd like COABE to share, you can submit your story here.

The Time is WRITE

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