OTAN invites nominations of California adult education learners who are successful as a result of the education received at WIOA funded 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: Irma Sandoval


In 1993, Irma Sandoval was not unlike many immigrants to the Los Angeles area. She was young and wanted to learn English to survive. She enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at Van Nuys Community Adult School, one of the many schools in the Division of Adult and Career Education of the Los Angeles Unified School District. She studied through Level 4 at Van Nuys CAS with Barry Bakin, now an Instructional Technology Teacher Advisor at North Valley Occupational Center. After her ESL classes in the Division of Adult and Career Education, Irma moved to Las Vegas where she continued her studies and earned a GED certificate.

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