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Student Stories

Our students come from diverse backgrounds.Whether they are new to Canada, simply need to upgrade their grades or need to earn their Dogwood Diploma, each student has a rich history and great hopes for their future.

 

Clarisse 

Student Credits VSB Adult Ed for Opening Doors to Post-Secondary Education

During Clarisse's final year of high school she knew she wanted to pursue post-secondary education but she felt she had limited options. Bosco wanted to apply directly to university however her marks would not allow her to qualify for the entrance requirements at most Canadian institutions. read more

Spenser 

Student Off to UBC to Make Music Thanks to VSB Adult Ed

With a goal of pursuing music, Spencer is currently completing his Adult Diploma – the equivalent of a high school Dogwood diploma – through the Vancouver School Board’s (VSB) program. Service aspires to go to UBC for his post secondary studies, but needs to complete prerequisite courses beforehand. read more

Janice 

Student Gains Confidence to Pursue Career through Adult Education Program

Like many students, Janice entered university unsure of what career she would like to pursue. She attended Simon Fraser University, taking general studies courses with the idea that she may eventually complete her degree in Psychology and become a counsellor. read more

Francisco 

Helping Others Gives Purpose to South Hill Adult Ed Student

Like many Vancouver students, Francisco took some time to travel after high school. After visiting New Zealand and Australia, he accepted a position to work in a Bolivian orphanage where he spent 18 months taking care of abandoned babies, as well as children of all ages. read more

Orianna 

Adult Education Student Finds Success in her New Country

“I was very scared of going back to school after ten years of graduating from university and I am extremely happy. My English teacher was fantastic! He made the class fun and easy to understand,” said Orianna of deciding to enrol in an Adult Education English class. read more

Adrian 

Adult Education Center Student Finds a New Path After a Workplace Injury

“They actually care, they really push you to succeed and they make you feel good about it,” said Adrian of the Gladstone Adult Education Teachers.read more

Carissa 

It’s Never Too Late To Learn

Adult Education Gave Student at Hastings Opportunity to Change Her Life

“Getting your education is something no one can ever take away from you,” says Carissa, a graduate from the Hastings Education Centre…read more

Connor 

Find Your Path To Success

Mathematics Saves Life of Student At Gathering Place

As a young boy growing up in Jasper, Alberta, Connor had an insatiable curiosity about the world around him... read more

Elina 

It’s Never Too Late To Learn

Everybody Deserves A Second Chance At Downtown East Adult Education

As a little girl growing up in Hong Kong, Elina loved to read. The curiosity to learn about new things kept Chiu alive even during the darker times in her life.... read more

Jessica 

What Are Your Needs? We’re Flexible

Shape The Type Of Person You Want To Be At Main Street

“I came to Adult Education because I want to succeed,” says Jessica, student at Main Street Education Centre.... read more

Ishikawa 

Find YOUR Way

Youth Program at South Hill Tailored To Fit You

Grade 9 proved to be a difficult year for Lucas. Life’s challenges got in the way with school attendance and ultimately, this negatively impacted his grades. After speaking with the school counselor, an alternative program to schooling seemed like a viable option and Ishikawa transitioned to South Hill Education Centre’s Youth Program.… read more

Mihret 

New To Canada? Improve Your English

Get The Confidence And Skills To Pursue Your Dreams At South Hill

“Adult Ed taught me to never give up on what I want because it can happen,” says Mihret, a current student at South Hill Education Centre… read more

Singh 

The Sky’s The Limit At Roberts

In 2009, a bad knee injury left Simon at a cross roads in his career. “I couldn’t do my current job because I was going through rehabilitation for my knee,” says Singh. “I needed to look at other options for work.” … read more

Bacilia receiving her Dogwood Diploma 

Getting Your Dogwood

Hastings Adult Education Centre is a Place Where Everyone is Encouraged to Succeed

“I want to be a role model for people to go back to school. I want others to learn from me,” says Bacilia, a graduate from Hastings Education Centre... read more

Anna upgrading her skills 

Upgrading Your Skills

Starting Over Becomes an Incredible Experience at Adult Ed

In 2012, at 40 years old and with a coveted position as project manager of network operations and finance of a large telecommunications ... read more

Surrayya - New to Canada 

New to Canada?

Adult Ed is a Top Choice for New Canadians

Surayya's move to Canada from Pakistan wasn’t nearly as life altering as her past experiences... read more