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: Tomoko Miyahara


Tomoko came to California with her husband and two children. Since her husband had a job, she was home with limited ability to speak English and had to care for her children. After having her third baby, she started to do yoga in Palo Alto. It helped her emotional and physical well being. She became a member of the YMCA since it has a kids club and she wanted to do yoga more often. She was feeling so much better and decided that proficiency in yoga was the best thing for her to dedicate her life to in order to live a more stress free life and also to help facilitate this new life for her children.

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