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: Brenda Lizeth Barillas Ruiz


Brenda Lizeth Barillas Ruiz came to the United States from Guatemala when she was 18 years old with her parents in pursuit of a better life. She enrolled in evening ESL classes at the Norwalk-La Mirada Adult School and completed three levels of ESL in two years. During that time, she learned both conversational and academic English, study skills, and even some computer skills to further her education. Through group projects and presentations, Brenda's confidence to communicate in English further improved.

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