News release

Congratulations to Adult Learners, Class of 2011

More than 500 adult learners will cross the stage this month to receive high school diplomas, bringing the total number to 4,200 graduates since the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) began in 2001.

NSSAL is one of a number of programs and projects aimed at helping adult learners reach their full potential as part of the jobsHere plan to grow Nova Scotia's economy.

"Adult learners often face particular challenges when returning to formal learning," said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. "These graduates are especially inspiring because of how they've managed to balance their home and work responsibilities with the demands of going back to school. I commend their courage and commitment."

Research shows that a return to learning pays off. More than 85 per cent of adult learners reported being in the workforce after completing their high school diploma. Many continue their education, giving them even more choice and opportunity in the labour market.

Sherrill Pettigrew is one such graduate. She completed her high school diploma for adults at the Chignecto Central Adult High School in Amherst and is now enrolled in an office administration program.

"Even with years of previous work experience, I couldn't find a job without my high school diploma,' said Ms. Pettigrew. "With the help of my teachers, I'm proud to say that I'm continuing my education this September."

The Chignecto Central Adult High School is one of more than 140 programs across the province that offer tuition-free opportunities for adults to improve literacy skills or upgrade education.

For more information about the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning, call 1-877-go-NSSAL (1-877-466-7725) or go to www.goNSSAL.ca .

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More than 500 adult learners will cross the stage this month to receive high school diplomas, bringing the total number to 4,200 graduates since the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) began in 2001.

Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More says these graduates are especially inspiring because of how they've managed to balance their home and work responsibilities with the demands of going back to school.

More than 85 per cent of adult learners surveyed reported being in the workforce after completing their high school diploma.

For more information about the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning, call 1-877-go-NSSAL (1-877-466-7725) or go to w-w-w dot go N-S-S-A-L dot c-a .

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