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: Kelli Barry


Kelli enrolled in Castro Valley Adult Career and Education to pursue her passion to be in the medical field. Her goal is to become a Pediatric Doctor in the future by finishing up at Cal State East Bay and transferring to medical school. She is working to achieve this by working at one of her dream jobs now at Stanford Hospital in a Pediatric Clinic and attending school at night. She had no problem finding a job because of the excellent teaching and care she received at the adult school. They set up her internship before she graduated, and she was able to get excellent on the job experience from Kaiser Hospital. Kelli completed the Clinic Medical Assistant program and Clinical Medical Office Support and passed the CCMA state licensing exam. Since then, things have only gotten better for her career goals.

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