AAMA Adelante awarded diplomas to approximately 100 GED graduates in early March before an audience of spouses, children and parents of students as well as alumni of the program. Adelante, which means "to move forward," provides English as a Second Language (ESL), GED preparation and computer instruction to more than 1,400 students annually.
"We are steadily increasing not only the number of students who successfully meet their academic goals, but those students are leaving AAMA better prepared to advance in their continuing education and career development," said Beatrice Garza, president and CEO of AAMA.
Garza also introduced a group of AAMA GED graduates who are participating in a new Transitions initiative. The students have simultaneously enrolled in the Student Success Course at Houston Community College Southeast and a support class at AAMA. Funded by Bank of America and Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Transitions program is designed to increase the number of GED graduates who enroll and succeed in college.
Rick Jaramillo, senior vice president for Bank of America, presented AAMA with a check for $20,000 in support of the Transitions program. David Joost, director of Adult Education programs for Houston Community College, also attended the ceremony and assisted in presenting diplomas to the GED graduates.
For more information about AAMA Adelante or the Transitions initiative, please call 713-929-2330.