When Jamie Russell returned to Belfast Adult Education after a 10-year pause, she was on a path of self-improvement in all areas of her life. She was determined to take classes to fill in the gaps in her education and to earn the credits she needed to achieve her high school diploma. She had tried the high school equivalency pathway over 10 years ago, but decided this time, she wanted to learn what she had missed, instead of passing a test on what she knew.

In June, just two years after going back to school, Jamie achieved her high school diploma, and was accepted at Eastern Maine Community College. She was also published in The Change Agent, an adult education newspaper for social justice. She has a network of staff at Belfast Adult Education to turn to for encouragement and support, as she starts her journey to college. With guidance from Belfast Adult Education, Jamie thoughtfully planned her coursework to meet her goals.

Jamie’s efforts have certainly paid off. In addition to her financial aid package, she has already been awarded two scholarships: The James and Marilyn Rockefeller Transition Scholarship Fund, which is only for nontraditional students in Maine who complete a college transition program, and the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program, which will provide financial support for expenses such as mileage and before- and after-school care for her three children. At the end of this month, Jamie will start the next stage of her journey. She will be a first-time college student taking courses to prepare for Eastern Maine Community College’s nursing program.

For more information about Belfast Adult Education, or the college transition program, College Connection, email Carolyn Haskell at collegeconnection@rsu71.org, or call 338-3197.

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