OTAN invites nominations of California adult education learners who are successful as a result of the education received at adult education agencies for the California Adult Education Students Succeed program. The program honors outstanding students who are adults with significant life responsibilities, who have made positive contributions to the community, established and met life goals by attending an adult education program, improved the life situations of self and others, and overcome difficult circumstances in order to pursue adult learning experiences. The program recognizes the hard work that outstanding adult education students have completed in the pursuit of their personal, academic, and professional goals and aspirations.

You can read stories and watch videos from previous years by clicking on the Students tab. You can also explore stories from specific adult education agencies and programs by clicking on the Schools and Programs tabs. To learn how to nominate a student for the program and to submit an online nomination form, click on the Nomination tab.

Students Succeed Honoree: Martin Brown


When Martin Brown was asked how much adult education helped him prepare for his future, he replied, "A great deal. Prior to studying at Bakersfield Adult School (BAS), I attended Porterville Adult School. At the time I was working in restaurant management and would have been content to make that a career, but the restaurant chain I worked for had financial trouble and eventually closed. The Tulare Employment Development Office offered retraining opportunities to the restaurant's employees. One of the options was healthcare. I really never gave a thought to making a career in healthcare, but I did know something about it because my mom was a nurse and other people in my family were in healthcare, so I was exposed to it while I was growing up."

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