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Rowland Adult Graduates Shine

Last night at the Rowland Heights Community Center, the 44th graduating class of Rowland Adult & Community Education received their diplomas. “You have overcome obstacles to achieve your goal, making you a richer person. It is not easy to return to school at this time in your life, with all your other responsibilities, but you did, and you succeeded,” said Director, Rocky Bettar.

Student Speaker Patricia Gonzalez:

“Like many adult students, Patricia Gonzalez has not had an easy journey towards her high school diploma.  Between driving from her home in Whittier to her full- time job in Los Angeles, and tending to her family, including the extra-curricular activities of her three children made attending school a challenge.  Yet Patricia persevered, achieving both her GED and high school diploma. Patricia is an inspiration due to her determination and strong work ethic.  Although she would often be tired after a busy day when she arrived at school in the evening, Patty always had a smile for us.  She serves as a great example of hard work, perseverance, and the best of what can be accomplished,” said her ASE Instructor, Janet Duke.

Counselor Award Recipient: Ni Agustini (Kitty): RACE Counselor Joseph Miraglia shared, “We have heard the phrase “I have a Dream” numerous times, but that is what Kitty said when I interviewed her and asked her why she left Indonesia to come to America. Kitty attended Rowland Adult back in 2007 to study English. She was in our ESL class for 3 years and then had the confidence to enroll in our high school diploma class in 2010.  You may wonder why it took her 6 years to earn her diploma – Kitty could not get her high school records from Indonesia, therefore she has had to complete all 205 credits with us. Kitty worked two jobs and attended both morning and evening classes. When asked what she does for entertainment, she said she watches the news on TV to improve her English. She would like to become a nursing assistant. We are honored to recognize Kitty for her fortitude, dedication and success.

Director’s Award Recipient: Yvette Saavedra: RACE Director Rocky Bettar said, “Yvette attended Baldwin Park High School and Rowland Adult. In 2003 Yvette decided to put her education on hold and raise a family. She has three children, ages 5, 8 and 12. After working in a doctor’s office for 9 years, the office was downsized. Yvette realized she needed her high school diploma if she was to enter the job market. Yvette would like to attend Riverside Community College and earn a certificate in cosmetology. She was nominated for the Principal’s award because of academic achievement, her motivation to achieve a high school diploma and her dedication and effort every day she in class to reach her goal.”

For more information on the community and recreation classes offered by Rowland Adult & Community Education, please visit or call (626)965-5975.

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