I wanted my GED because I want to further my education, now I have it and I'm starting college in the fall. ~Angie Kinney Grad 2018
Great teacher and one of the greatest experiences I have ever had.I wanted my GED to show myself that I could do it,and also to show my sons that education is one of the most important things they could give themselves.One of the best decisions Ive ever made. Thank you Bev Haines
~ Megan Steeves Grad 2017
Our Inspiring GED Learner Erika Dove 2018 Grad from our Woodstock Adult Learning Centre, taught by one of our awesome 6 GED teachers in the Western Valley ~ Joanne McIsaac
Receiving her well deserved award as one of the winners of the Literacy Coalition annual essay contest.
Erika received a framed certificate and a cheque for $100 which and was presented to her at the PGI Literacy Dinner and Auction at the Delta Hotel Fredericton.
Learning For Life ~Erika Dove
Everyone has their own reasons for not completing high school. For some it’s very personal and they may not speak of their experiences, but I feel that my story could possibly inspire someone else to make the same decision to go back to school.
I should have graduated in 2007. The same year my daughter was born. I decided to quit school at the beginning of my senior year. I devoted all my time to raising my little girl. A job that has proven to be more rewarding than I could have imagined.
It has been over ten years since then, and my daughter is growing into a beautiful young lady. She now has a little brother, and their daddy will soon be my husband. I feel like I’m doing a wonderful job raising two loving, caring, brilliant individuals. Everyday they make me so proud, but now I need them to be proud of me too.
I find it kind of ironic that the reasons for me to quit school are the same reasons for me to want to go back. It is important to me that my children see the value of education and perseverance. I plan to lead by example, and show them the rewards of hard work.
The thought of going back to school was nerve racking for me. Perhaps it was fear of the unknown, or that I had become too comfortable with being a stay at home mom, but either way I felt anxious about it. I eventually picked up the phone and got in contact with the Adult Learning Center, and I’m so glad I did. The call was the first step to getting the ball rolling, and what brought me into the GED program last September.
My GED experience will be one I will never forget. All of the people I’ve come in contact with have been so supportive along the way. My fellow classmates have taught me that it doesn’t matter your age, education is valuable and can’t be taken away. Many of these people have left lasting impacts on my life, but no one as much as my Instructor Joanne McIsaac. She saw potential in me I forgot was there. Joanne has helped me to turn my small dreams into big ones, and I can’t think of a time where I’ve had this much confidence or self esteem. Thanks to her my GED is just the beginning.
I see myself as a goal setter now, and everyday I get a little closer to reaching them. In April I will be writing my last exam and I have full confidence in the fact that I will be receiving my diploma. I’m also pleased to say that pending my results, I’ve been conditionally accepted into the Business Management program at NBCC in the fall. This program will lead to a diploma, with the option to continue on to university for another two years for my degree. Six months ago the thought of going to university seemed impossible, but now it really is a possibility.
If I could share some of my own advice it would be to take that first step, no one can help you if they don’t know you need it. I feel I’ve come a long way from where I made my first step, and I can actually say I’m proud of myself.
A meaningful quote by Angela Davis she says “The most important aspect of acquiring knowledge is realizing how much more there is to learn.” This is so true, never again will I be sitting in the background. I plan to seize every opportunity that comes my way.
Dear Peter, Just a note to say Thank you for providing the leadership for the Digital Literacy Course. What a great course and better yet...what a great instructor !!!!
You have the wonderful ability to be able to adapt to anyone's and everyone's learning abilities and level of education while making all feel welcome and "as smart as anyone else"..
that's a real gift.
I learned so much from the course to help me with my business and am so happy with my new skills (even though I could learn much more !!!!). I have to say, you impressed me the most when you took the time to help someone actually make reading easier......you were interested in her enough to go above and beyond !!! Thank you for being you !! I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend it to anyone. Thanks again. Have a great summer.
Debbie Nicholson, Woodstock
Please express my thanks to Western Valley Adult Learning Association Inc .
What a great opportunity for all of us !! So thankful to have been given this choice !!Hopefully this programcontinues on and on !!
There are many reasons for getting a GED. On of
the more obvious reasons is to get a better paying job. Going back to school for me means that I am able to participate in discussions abut the history of our country. That makes me feel better about
Going back to school has meant making new friends and meeting new people. Being able to interact with other students makes me more of a people person. We took a ten week course on learning more about a computer. That was very helpful to me. I have had a computer for 20 years and didn’t know half the things we were taught.
Getting a GED means being able to spend more time at home because I should be able to get a job closer to home. I have always wanted to finish school. I consider it part of a bucket list. I am looking forward to the future because I’m considering taking a course after I’m done with school. Welding is something I’m good at, so I may possibly take a welding course or something in automotive.
Being able to write this essay is a big accomplishment for me. I haven’t even written a letter to anyone before. I worked construction my whole life, so I never needed to finish school.
Now that I have a chance to finish school and change my future, I am going to take full advantage of that. There are more benefits to having a GED as well, like being able to help grandchildren with their homework. The kids love having Grandpa help them. I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life.
I will be sixty years old in just over a year. I’m hoping that the years ahead of me are the best years ever. I have become a better person for going back to school. Everyone is so nice here. The teacher is very good at her job, and it is easy to learn from her.
~ Lonnie Pickard Grad 2018
Western Valley Adult Learning Association, Inc.
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Western Valley Adult Learning Association Inc. (WVALA)
Working with community partners to provide learning opportunities for adults to upgrade their academic workplace skills.
Francine St.Amand - President
Jessica Fournier - Vice President
Charlotte Moorcraft - Treasurer
Kim Bulmer-Thibodeau - Secretary
Diana Wasson - Director
Ann Bunker - Director
Robin Stanley - Director
Theresa Thomas - Director
Micheal Mann - Director
Dawn Spilman - Associate Member
Kelcy Kuhn - Associate Member