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Adult Students Excel Through TASK’s Program

The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) held their 13th Annual Student Recognition Breakfast on August 24th from 8:45am - 10:30am. Kelly Hansen, our Adult Education Program (AEP) Coordinator, and Mary Ann Dunn, our AEP Assistant, put together a wonderful event to celebrate another year of monumental accomplishments. TASK has had over 100 students enroll in the AEP this year; 21 hard-working students passed the GED test and now have the equivalent of a high school diploma. Diane Subber, Information Technology Program Specialist, had her 1,000th student attend the Computer Literacy Program. "We would not be able to do this work without the help of our volunteer tutors," explains Kelly Hansen, "We are blessed to have over sixty volunteers who work with our students everyday."

The AEP has seen many talented and focused students come through the program. As a way to promote higher learning and sustainable living, TASK offers four scholarships for students who excelled within the program and want to continue their education. The Peter Wise Scholarship is in honor of TASK’s former director. The Henry Weiss Scholarship is in honor of late board member and long-time tutor. The Dorothea Dix Unitarian Universalist Community Scholarship is in memory of John Young, a long time member of the DDUU church.

This year’s recipients were Hampton Jenks, Joe Queen, Teresa Layton, and Christina Murphy. Hampton, one of our computer students, is in his last semester at Thomas Edison State College where he will obtain a Bachelor’s Degree. Joe, a recent GED recipient through our program, is currently enrolled in Mercer County Community College working towards his Associate’s Degree. Teresa, another GED recipient from our program, recently finished her CNA training program. She is now certified in EKG and Phlebotomy. Christina Murphy is enrolled in Harris School of Business, training to enter the medical field. In the last month, we have had a lot of success with our students finding employment. We have already had ten of the AEP students gain full-time employment within the Mercer County area. Congratulations to our students for another successful year. Your hard work is an inspiration for all of us.

AEP Student Recognition Breakfast

Pictured from left: Dennis Micai (TASK Executive Director), Kelly Hansen (Adult Education Program Coordinator), Hampton Jenks (Recipient of Henry Weiss Scholarship), Betsy Young (wife of late John Young), Joseph Queen (Recipient of Dorothea Dix Unitarian Universalist Scholarship in memory of John Young), Teresa Layton (Recipient of Peter Wise Scholarship), and Peter Wise (former TASK director). Absent from photo: Christina Murphy

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