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April 2024

Advocacy April Ambassadorship

This month, COABE celebrates Advocacy April. Educators, program and state leaders, and adult learners across the country share why adult education is important. What are some ways that you can get involved in Advocacy April?

Our country’s leaders want to hear from you. You have experiences and opinions that will shape the future of adult education. Let’s bring our voices together this April!

Shout Out Your Success

Danielle Gillens struggled with drug use, incarceration, housing insecurity, and depression for years. It wasn't until she discovered the adult education program at Guilford Technical Community College that Danielle had the means to lead the life of fulfillment and purpose she had always longed for. Read Danielle's story.

View more success stories on the Educate and Elevate site. If you have a success story that you'd like COABE to share, you can submit your story here.

COABE’s Advocast Podcast

In every episode of the COABE Advocast podcast an adult learner shares their story. This episode features Gaelle Petit Homme. Learn a bit about Gaelle below and listen to the episode to hear the rest of her story:

Gaelle Petit Homme grew up in Haiti and left due to the violence. Her family helped her make a home in Atlanta, Georgia. Gaelle speaks four languages and learned to speak English from watching “I Love Lucy” and other TV shows. Gaelle got her GED® credential from the Atlanta Public Schools Adult Education Program. There were many times when Gaelle wanted to give up on classes, but she stuck it out and passed her GED® exam. Currently in nursing school, Gaelle is well on her way to fulfilling her dream of becoming a nurse and helping people. Her goal is to inspire people around the world to let them know it’s never too late to get your education.

Do you want to share your story on the Advocast podcast? Email to connect with Sara Haghihi and Erin Vobornik, co-hosts of the podcast.

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Google Scholars

The multi-year partnership between COABE and Google resulted in an award for 500 Google Career Certificates in six high-growth fields that lead to a median wage of $76,000 per year. Throughout the program, Google Scholars are able to access guidance from an experienced mentor and adult education teacher. We congratulate our certificate completers from March 2024 below. 

Project Management

  • Luvna Lois (FL)
  • Bonnie Flint (IN)
  • Elizabeth Bohon (TX)

Foundations of Cybersecurity

  • Rick Tutunick (FL)
  • Miranda Cole (FL)
  • Marilyn Alexander (NM)
  • Shushan Weldebruk (IN)
  • Nancy Rodriguez (NY)
  • Maureen Osborne (PA)
  • Chad Bryant (AZ)

Foundations of User Experience (UX) Design

  • Iliyana Vassileva (FL)
  • Carl Slater (NY)

Google Data Analytics

  • Amanda Keller (OH)

Thanks to the partnership between COABE and Google, you can continue to access Applied Digital Skills for free. Learn more and start strengthening your digital skills today!

The Time is WRITE

Do you want to share an article, poem, or story that you wrote with other adult education students? You can share a piece of writing to be published in the COABE Compass. Complete this form, and someone will contact you shortly.

COABE Ambassador Spotlight

Every month, the COABE Compass will spotlight the story of one of our COABE Ambassadors. If you want to learn more about how to become a COABE Ambassador, email

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