Success means different things to different people. For some it is earning their GED and a better job; for others it is the self-esteem that comes with being able to read their very first bedtime story to their son or daughter. Whatever the definition, success is what we reach for at Project Learn.
Paris King - SHOCKING THE WORLD, ONE SEMESTER AT A TIME
Paris Kingís rocky childhood prevented her from finishing high school. However, in 2012, the determined 25-year-old began attending Project Learnís 8-week GED Bootcamp course and soon earned her GED.
She then enrolled into The University of Akron where she is majoring in electrical engineering. Now in her sophomore year, she still sends her GED instructor, Marquita Mitchell, copies of her course grades each semester to show that she hasnít given up on life or her dream.
Khadijah Clopton, 26, mother
Khadijah was striving for a better life pusuing her GED at Project Learn's downtown Akron site. When asked what kept this single mother of four going, she answered, "Poverty. I want to give my kids the things I always wish I had."
David Head, 47, sewer maintenance worker
David knew that before he can get promoted at the City of Akron, he needed to pass certain required tests that included algebra and fractions Ė subjects for which he definitely needed refresher courses. Project Learn helped him and other City employees improve their skills so that they could handle the increased demands that their jobs required.
Melissa Fickert, 34, receptionist
Melissa earned her GED at Project Learn's Barberton site... and changed her life. No longer feeling "judged," Melissa's renewed self-esteem landed her a job as a receptionist for a orthopedic surgeon, and she's considering a medical assistance course.
Lily Xie, 42, mother
Lily can take her daughters to the hospital and understand the doctor's orders, now that she has a grasp on English through Project Learn's English for Speakers of Other Languages class offered in Fairlawn. "Before I didn't know what the doctor said, but now I can make an appointment and understand what is going on and it feels good," she said.
Our goal is adult literacy and life-long learning, one person at a time. Our pride is success stories like Paris, Khadijah, David, Melissa and Lily.