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: Carolina Ponce


Carolina Ponce came from Mexico to the United States when she was in her early twenties. She first enrolled in the ESL Program at Mt. San Antonio College in 2009. She completed the ESL program in 2010 and took some other noncredit courses until 2011. Carolina had plans to get an accounting certificate after completing the ESL Program; however, circumstances and challenges she faced forced her to pause her studies for several years to recover. Carolina returned to Mt. SAC ESL in 2017 to enroll in the Vocational ESL (VESL) Program which helps students improve their English skills while preparing them to transition into credit classes.

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