September 19, 2016
Meet Maha Abed, our September Student of the Month! Her teacher writes, "Last year Maha began the year in my basic math class. I quickly realized her potential and encouraged her to try a more advanced class. She attended both of the classes for the rest of the year and improved by leaps and bounds while juggling the responsibilities of wife and mother.
This year she has entered the GED classes and is about to venture into the Fast Track Program. She is one of the hardest working, most dedicated students I have ever had. She stays on task and is very inquisitive. There is a special twinkle in her eyes when she grasps a concept that a teacher really appreciates. Maha rarely misses class, but if she does, she works even harder upon her return.
Maha possesses many characteristics making her a perfect example of a student of the month. She has a friendly and inviting personality. New students are drawn to her. I have often seen her help other students better understand a concept. A quick wit and good sense of humor make her a pleasant person to have in class.
As much as Maha will be missed at Fort Smith Adult Education, I fully expect to see her moving on to more advanced schooling in the near future. She will be just as successful there as here."
Maha is pictured here with her teacher, Kathy Langford, and her daughter, Gema.
September 16, 2016
Paul Jones is our Student Success Story for the month of September. A major life changing event brought him to the Fort Smith Adult Education Center.
Paul dropped out of high school with the hopes of finding a job, He was able to obtain a job as a truck driver for over twenty five years for Davis Iron and Metal. An accident on the job left him paralyzed from the waist down. The doctors told him that he would never walk again; but thirteen years later he was able to walk into the Fort Smith Adult Education Center in July. Paul credits his faith in God for his recovery and determination to carry on each and every day.
At the present time, Paul is working on his GED, CRC, and WAGE certificates. He is expecting to complete everything within a few weeks. He hopes to start a new job that fits his disability at Sykes with his daughter in the near future. We all wish him the best .
September 14, 2016
National Welcoming Week starts next week on Monday, September 19th. This annual holiday brings immigrants and U.S.-born residents together to raise awareness and strengthen our communities. Join Mayor Sandy Sanders at 6:00 p.m. at the Fort Smith Adult Education Center, Room 204, to help open Welcoming Week!