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Northeast Holds Recognition Night for Adult Learners

Northeast Holds Recognition Night for Adult Learners

NORFOLK, Neb. – The success that an education brings was reason to celebrate on Thursday evening.

Northeast Community College held its annual Adult Education Recognition Night. The academic achievements of adults who have earned their General Education Development (GED) diplomas were recognized during a celebration that also honored an Adult Education instructor and the awarding of several scholarships.

The Adult Education program at Northeast provides adults with a second opportunity to earn a high school equivalency diploma. The program is designed to help students develop the academic skills and knowledge needed to succeed in higher education or in the workforce.

Michela Keeler-Strom, dean of Academic Outreach, recognized all those who have assisted with Adult Education in the past year, including Emily Duncan, who is the director of Adult Education.

Duncan announced the Adult Education Instructor of the Year Award, which was presented to Virginia Brown. Duncan read from Brown’s nomination, which noted her dedication.

“Every day (Brown) shows up with a smile. She always makes sure we understand everything she is teaching us. And even though we are adults, it feels nice to have a teacher that still cares about our education,” Duncan read in part from the nominations.

Charlene Widener, vice president of Educational Services, presented scholarships, including four $1,000 scholarships to attend Northeast in the fall.

Widener listed the criteria from which the winners were chosen. It included an essay with students listing their educational plans. Applicants also must be degree seeking, be enrolled at least part-time, lawfully present in the U.S. and make satisfactory academic progress.

Those awarded scholarships are Mohamed Awale, Bailey Bowers, Ximena Cardenas-Viscencio and Natalie Roach.

Leah Barrett, Northeast president, conferred diplomas and certificates. There were 27 graduates in the program this year who completed their studies from May 2023 to May 2024.

To learn more on the Adult Education program at Northeast, visit For more information, contact Emily Duncan, director, at or 402-844-7253.

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Virginia Brown (right) is honored Thursday, June 27, as the Adult Education Instructor of the Year from Emily Duncan, director of Adult Education at Northeast Community College. The presentation took place during Adult Education Recognition Night at the Lifelong Learning Center.  (Northeast Community College)