We Made it to Graduation!

In only six months, the goal of helping 90 HSE students graduate was within reach…

LearningQuest instructors worked with the students every chance they could to prepare them to earn that shimmering certificate.  Zachary Lake, an instructor recently awarded for his proactive attitude in the organization, tells his students “…that each step they take and each day they come to class to prepare leads them that much closer to realizing their dreams for success.”

In order to walk the stage at the Graduation & Awards Night, LearningQuest High School Equivalency (HSE) students were required to pass 5 tests in the following subjects: Math, Reading, Writing, Science and Social Studies.  They had to show up and work hard, even if it became difficult or if life aligned them with another hurdle to jump.  Zachary said, “I tell them that they should already feel pride in their decision to obtain their HSE, it is time worth spent. The challenges they face help make them more successful in the future and not only help them reach their goal of getting their HSE, but have far reaching positive consequences toward their overall success in life, whether through college, a career or beyond.”

 

Finally on March 30th, 2018, LearningQuest honored 89 graduates and 3 award winners:

Best Effort: Crista Davis

Most Improved: Mayra Gonzalez

Greatest Achievement: Juan Hernandez

  

There was a buzz of excitement and nervousness as the graduates mingled behind the Modesto High School auditorium, dressing in their purple cap and gown.  A sense of relief and nostalgia floated around them as they talked with instructors and reminisced with classmates on shared struggles and memorable moments.  Spirits soared as they walked into a cheering auditorium with “Pomp and Circumstance” trumpeting them down the aisle and into their seats.  Grinning, they crossed the stage as their names were called, and after the ceremony ended, dispersed into the crowds of roaring chants and embraces from proud family and friends.

Their time with LearningQuest was brief, but nonetheless a distinct instance where the path toward better things has become even more of a possibility.  These graduates have changed our lives as much as we have changed theirs and we wish them the best in everything they do.

Congratulations again to the 2018 Spring LearningQuest Graduates!

Success after graduation: Michael Enriguez

Michael Enriquez graduated from Learning Quest Stanislaus Literacy Centers in 2012.  Since graduating, Michael has worked in the construction field and is currently employed with California Drywall doing metal stud framing and sheetrock. He is also attending classes with the goal of receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Construction Management.

He is so thankful for the staff and volunteer tutors for being so helpful.   When asked what advice would he give to a current student, Michael stated, “Stick it out when you feel like giving up; it is well worth it.  If I had given up, I would not have been able to land a very well paying and rewarding career. That piece of paper is the start to a bright future.”

Michael appreciates quality time with his family which includes his fiance, three children and one more on the way.  In his spare time, also likes visiting San Francisco, hiking and fishing.  Great job Michael, we are so happy for your success!