Learner Success Stories from across the Province (2015)

Brenda – High School Graduate and Award Winner at 50 (HWCDSB)
Marcel – From Frustration to a Future of Possibilities (GECDSB)
Lisa – Literacy to Credit to College (HWCDSB)
Royce – From Anger to Achievement (GECDSB)
Star – Early Leaver now a High School Graduate and Native Nursing Program Student (KPDSB)
Sonya – Early leaver to High School Graduate and College student with wonderful future (Lakehead)

We are in the process of gathering more learner success stories.  If you have a success story of a learner in your program, please complete this template with the help of these instructions and send to lneale@cesba.com.  Thank you.

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Success Stories From Grand Erie Learning Alternatives

There are a variety of paths and ciricumstances within each individual’s education journey. Some look back and acknowledge their choices were not optimal. Other indviduals take a look at their lives and decide they want more for themselves, their children and their futures.

Below are four individual’s success stories that Grand Erie Learning Alternatives was instrumental in helping along the way. They have different paths, and at separate junctures in their lives made the choice to further their education. Through their journey all are unified in one thing – It was worth it and there are no reqrets.

Dwayne Barley

Determined to Finish Grade 12

The schools are there, take advantage of them, Dwayne Barley advises anyone considering a return to the classroom. ”Don’t feel embarrassed,” he says, speaking from experience. “Now is the time to do what you have to do. Just get it done.”

Tired of being turned away from employers, because he didn’t meet their education requirements, Dwayne returned to school in 2012, enrolling at Grand Erie Learning Alternatives – Adult Education Centre. He was 30 and determined to get his Grade 12 diploma. Just four credits shy of his goal, Dwayne says he was spurred on by encouragement from his father. Living in Paris with limited income from Ontario Works, Dwayne struggled just getting to and from school in Brandford on a daily basis. But, with the help of his mother, he managed to have perfect attendance. Dwayne graduated last year and worked closely with employment counsellors at CareerLink, who are helping him find a job in the automotive field.

Cathy Berube

Upgrading was Worth It

After many years as a stay-at-home mother, Cathy Berube wanted to do something for herself. She never tried to rush her education, opting instead to care for her family. With their backing – including a husband who worked long hours to support the home – Cathy decided to head back to school. “I was so glad I didn’t give up after my first application.”

Staff at Grand Erie Learning Alternatives provided her with career advice and the help she needed to determine her educational requirements. Her first step was enrolling at Grand Erie Learning Alternatives to achieve her secondary school diploma. After deciding on the personal support worker program, Cathy, who was raised speaking French, faced a setback when she didn’t pass the literacy test required for entrance. “I was able to speak English fluently,” Berube said, “but struggled with reading and writing English sometimes.” A literacy and basic skills program helped Cathy improve her English and she successfully re-applied for the PSW program. “I was so glad I didn’t give up after my first application. The upgrading was worth it.”

Shelly Hachey

GELA Success Story

Thirty-year-old Shelly Hachey admits she didn’t always make the best choices when it came to education. Her early life was complicated and she grew up in foster cares. But having a daughter and caring for her great-nephew inspired her to go back to school.

“It feels great to have the skills and education to go into social work.” “You can always come back from bad choices, and anyone can succeed if they try. Being a single mother, I needed to improve myself for things to get better. I wanted to change my life.”

With a goal to provide a home for her family, Shelly says she will do what it takes to get there.

Working with the teaching staff at Grand Erie Learning Alternatives, Shelly completed the equivalency course she needed to earn her Grade 12 diploma. The next step was enrolling in Mohawk College’s Social Service Worker program. She thinks the program is a wonderful fit. “Having grown up as a Crown Ward and in foster care, it feels great to have the skills and education to go into social work.”

Shayna Collin

College Was Worth the Wait

Lack of funding prevented Shayna Collin from continuing her education after graduating from Brantford Collegiate Institute (BCTP with her diploma and French certificate. She had to wait four years before she was eligible for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) as an individual.

“Make lists of what it will take to make it happen and follow through.” “This was the only way I was going to be able to attend college, because there was no way that I could afford everything. I didn’t have another financial source to help me with my tuition.”

Planning to apply to the Business Diploma program at Conestoga College, Shayna used the time to take night classes with Grand Erie Learning Alternatives to upgrade her math marks. Being the first person in her family to attend a post-secondary institution, the process was foreign to her. Heading back to school was also a little scary.

“I was unsure if I would be able to keep up,” said Shayna. “Working part time at a jewelry store, attending classes and completing all of my schoolwork while trying to maintain family and friend relationships is difficult but anything is possible.” “Time management is the key to my life. I am anxious to succeed and am making my time at Conestoga count.”

Now in her second year of General Business at the college, with plans to take the Human Resources Management program once she receives her diploma, Shayna preaches to everyone about the importance of education.

“Think about what you want in the future,” she advises. “Make lists of what it will take to make it happen and follow through with those lists.”