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: Connie Trujillo


When Connie Trujillo came from Mexico in 2001, she had already completed a bachelor's degree as a Forest Agronomist Engineer in her country, but she did not speak English well. For several years, Connie dedicated herself to working as an assistant to a real estate agent. At the same time, she enrolled in basic level ESL classes in 2002 at Oxnard Adult School (OAS). She studied until 2003 and then enrolled in the local community college. She then returned to OAS in 2008 and completed all levels of ESL, computer literacy, citizenship, and high school equivalency courses. In 2013, she was hired at OAS as a part-time proctor for the Testing team. Thereafter, she moved into a position as an assistant in the EL Civics program.

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