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|CSC Student, Instructor Awarded at Conference
|Carl Sandburg College GED graduate Justin Barton, and CSC adult education instructor Gayla Holmes were honored at the COABE/ProLiteracy/IACEA State Conference held in Chicago recently.
Barton was recognized as the Paul Simon Student of the Year and Holmes was awarded the Arthur J. Stejskal Memorial Teacher of the Year.
Barton, Galesburg, overcame a skateboarding accident in 2001 that left him in a coma for three weeks. When he regained consciousness, he had lost his memory and the ability to walk, talk, and feed himself. After months of therapy, Barton regained his speech and walking skills and decided to get back on track academically. With the help of Holmes, Barton passed his GED exam in December.
"I watched Justin struggle with reading, but he worked day and night on his homework and at his job at Steak 'n Shake. His efforts paid off in December when he passed his GED which qualified him to apply for manager training at work. During his classroom instruction, Justin also helped others by encouraging them to 'hang in there' because if he could learn after his accident anyone could," said Holmes.
Holmes, Oneida, has been an adult education instructor at CSC for over 20 years, where she works with all levels of students and takes particular interest in those students preparing to take the GED test.
"Gayla is able to make students comfortable and welcome in her classroom so that learning can take place. Many of these students have had bad previous educational experiences and are very timid about returning to school. Gayla instills confidence, along with knowledge, to students who then become GED graduates," said Gary Mustain, coordinator of the Adult Learning Center.
During the conference, several CSC adult learning staff members presented workshops. Jill Ralph and LeiAnn Malmgren from the Branch Campus in Carthage presented a workshop entitled "Family Literacy in Rural Areas." Ben Bickerstaff, who serves on the ProLiteracy Student Advisory Council, along with Karen Avalos presented the workshops "Who Moved My Cheese?" and "The FISH Philosphy." Avalos also presented a workshop on "Background Knowledge."
(Carl Sandburg College GED graduate Justin Barton and CSC adult education instructor Gayla Holmes at the COABE/ProLiteracy/IACEA State Conference. Story and photo submitted by Carl Sandburg College.)
|03 27 10 by Newsroom
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