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All-American Success Stories in Workforce Education

 From 5th Grade to 12th Grade in Two Years

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Michael Hermann, First Place Winner
Adult Education, Region 1


Michael entered the Adult Disabilities Program on September 17, 2001, at age 18. He was raised in a single parent home and home schooled since the sixth grade. His Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) score was equivalent to the fifth grade level and his social skills were also very low. On medication, Michael was very shy and withdrawn.

One year later, Michael retested at the tenth grade level. No longer on any medication, he was removed from the disabilities program and placed in regular General Education Development classes. He tested at 12.9 on all areas of the TABE and passed the GED exam on September 18, 2003. With improved social skills, Michael helps out wherever and whenever he is needed. Since receiving his Florida high school diploma, Michael has volunteered his time to come to class and help tutor fellow students. He also volunteers at his church.

Michael's dream is to become a health care provider. He has attended employability and life management classes where he has learned workforce and life skills. He is currently in a placement program at Southeastern Vocational Services and is planning to attend Nursing School next year. Many obstacles could have discouraged Michael from reaching his goals. Through his motivation, dedication and determination, he has overcome so much and should reach all of his goals.

 Fire Academy: A Lifetime Dream

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Eric Walters, Second Place Winner
Adult Education, Region 1


Eric Walters entered the Adult Education Disabilities Program on December 4, 2002. He wanted to improve his 6.7 TABE score so that he could enroll in the Fire Academy. Eric also needed a part-time job to supplement his $125.00 a month pay from the Ferry Pass Volunteer Fire Department.

Eric always dreamed of becoming a professional fire fighter. He was overjoyed when he achieved 12.9 in all areas of the TABE on April 17, 2003. He registered for the Fire Academy and will be attending the next class opening. Eric is now both gainfully employed with Gulf Coast Enterprises and is serving as a Lieutenant in the Ferry Pass Volunteer Fire Department. He received the runner-up Volunteer Fire Fighter of the Year award. Eric is also a speaker and trainer at the fire department.

Because of his perseverance and determination, Eric is making his dreams a reality.

For more information on the All-American Success Stories, see http://www.fldoe.org/news/2004/2004_02_13-2.asp.