Staff from Colusa County Adult School officially recognized their students who successfully completed the requirements for graduation. Although 16 adults comprised the entire class of 2020, only four were able to attend the June 9 ceremony.
“So many of us have different paths that we must traverse and many times the challenges that we encounter cause our paths to be far from straight,” said Micheal West, superintendent of schools. “Sometimes life gives us no other choice but to take the detour on the way to our differing destinations. The issue is where we want to be and why you chose to be here.”
Ed Conrado, a member of the Colusa County Board of Trustees, called the graduates forward to receive their diplomas, followed by instructors Jill Wright and Max Montenegro to present awards to their Career Technical Education and English as a Second Language students.
Elizabeth Cornejo completed the accounting courses while gaining experience as she worked in an office. Cornejo said she intends to finish the QuickBooks course next.
Evelyn Patricia Gurrero is currently pursuing a career in law enforcement and hopes to become a parole or probation officer.
Adelita Granados Sanchez is currently working as a certified nursing assistant and said that she wishes to continue in the medical field as a licensed vocational nurse.
Maria Lola Diaz has enrolled in an in a medical assisting course and has become a certified medical assistant.
The journey to improvement was as diverse as the reasons that brought the graduates there.
“For some of you, it meant to obtain your high school diploma. For others, it was learning and improving your English. Some of you worked on imitating valuable skills to make you more employable or to enhance the skills needed for your current job,” said Lorilee Niesen, director of education services. “Regardless of the reason you did it, you have accomplished goals that have been no easy feat.” ■