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: Grasiela Carranza


Grasiela Carranza enrolled in Mt. Diablo Adult Education's High School Diploma program in the middle of the fall semester, with a goal to complete her diploma credits by June 2021. Despite joining late in the semester, Grasiela jumped right into her classes, determined to complete more than a year's worth of credits in seven months. She attended morning and evening classes over Zoom and did independent study classes online. She did homework at night, on weekends, and over school breaks. Since starting in the fall, Grasiela has not stopped working towards her goal of earning her high school diploma, and she will be a June 2021 graduate.

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