LCMC Graduation, Class of 2019
In the 2018-2019 academic year, LCMC has served over 2,000 adult learners. On Thursday June 20th, last week, we recognized a few outstanding achievers among the many, at the first official Graduation event LCMC has held in many years, and the first of many more to come.
Among the students honored at the event were those who successfully tested into a higher level of instruction this year. Others, like Daniel, tested highly enough as to place out of our ESL Classroom program's level of Advanced instruction entirely, truly ready to move on to the next tier of their biggest goals.
Earlier that day, a number of students finished an intense skills course that coupled Excel certification training with ESL instructions, thus sharpening their computer skills for the workplace to a level sure to impress any potential employer. And others, like Min, were honored for their commitment to writing - journal-writing, that is, through her work with her tutor, Doug, who was also honored among a handful of our highlighted educators of the night.
Most students brought along a loved one or three with whom to celebrate their proud moment. The number of family members, significant others, and even children craning to snap pictures as our students received their awards and posed with their fellow honorees spoke volumes. Often our students tell us, "I want a better life for my family," and those families were there right alongside our students to show us just how much they mean to each other.
We also honored three ESL classroom teachers and two tutors who have gone above and beyond, whose students sing their praises, and who demonstrate their personal, intrinsic, unwavering commitment to education and LCMC.
A particularly telling moment came when Rishan, our Intake and Assessment Manager, began presenting ESL Classroom teacher Gail Haag with her award by describing how Gail's students often shed tears when their class together ends. As Gail accepted her award, she had the rest of us shedding tears as she said, "I do what I love, and I love what I do."
To all who have made these educational gains – and more importantly, these proud milestones and memories – possible, we thank you deeply. Congratulations again to every student, whether they were able to attend our event last week or not, who took steps this year to improve their lives and those of their families. We are honored to serve you.
It was a joyous evening that reminded all of us on staff at LCMC why we get up every morning to do what we do, and from the smiles on our graduates’ faces, we can’t wait to do it again next year.