Shannon Sackaloo was the student speaker at the recent Mount Desert Island Adult Education graduation ceremony. He took a CNA course through the adult education program and currently works at MDI Hospital. PHOTO COURTESY OF MDI HIGH SCHOOL

Adult education grads celebrate achievements

BAR HARBOR — At a recent graduation ceremony held by the Mount Desert Island Adult and Community Education program, nine students received a high school completion diploma.

School Superintendent Marc Gousse spoke at the ceremony about his connection with adult education, which started with his father’s experience of earning a high school diploma through adult education night school in the 1960s.

“Every one of these students came to adult education in order to improve the quality of their lives and that of their family,” said Anne Patterson, director of the adult ed program.

“While there are many reasons a person may not complete high school in the traditional way, these students have faced and overcome those barriers by finding the time, energy, and motivation to study.”

“These students will now be able to pursue better jobs, higher education, and further training,” she continued. “Earning their high school credential is not the end, but rather the next step towards a better future for themselves and their families.”

While most graduates are already busily working for the summer, many have plans to get further education in business, law enforcement, health care, ecology and information technology.

Shannon Sackaloo was the student speaker at the graduation.

“He talked about the importance of persistence and resilience, two words he learned about when he first came to adult ed,” a press release from the program said. “Little did he know that he was going to need to remember these words throughout his five years with adult ed. Shannon also took a CNA course through adult education and currently works at MDI Hospital. He plans to become a Surgical Technician.”

Patterson said one student scored 94 out of 100 possible points on the HiSET® exam, making her the highest scoring student this year.

“Don’t underestimate the potential of our adult education students,” she said.

Students can work on a traditional, credit bearing diploma or earn their high school equivalency diploma through the HiSET® exam.

Contact MDI Adult Education at 288-4703.

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