Ryan Cram enjoys the moment after he and five others turned their tassels, signifying they are official graduates of the Regional School Unit 24 Adult Education Program, having earned their high school diplomas. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY JOHANNA S. BILLINGS

RSU 24 Adult Ed grads celebrate milestone

SULLIVAN — Nicole Veilleux smiled as she took a phone call from her mother before graduation ceremonies June 12.

The Ellsworth resident was pleased to learn her mother was on her way to Sumner Memorial High School to see her take another step toward her career goal of becoming a nurse.

From October 2018 through February, Veilleux worked to complete the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant program offered through Regional School Unit 24’s Adult Education Program.

“I was very, very busy as far as keeping up with parenting and homework and studying for tests,” said Veilleux, whose fiancé, Reggie Bunker, and children, Miley, 7, and Reggie, 12, also joined her.

“I’m feeling great,” said the Ellsworth resident, who currently works as a medical assistant in Blue Hill.

Veilleux was one of nearly 50 people to receive certificates or high school diplomas for having completed their programs.

Ander Thebaud, director of the adult education program, said the students in the programs completed 5,220 hours of training, not including travel time and study time. Many of them accomplished this while working full-time jobs and maintaining family responsibilities.

Joanna Russell, executive director of the Northeastern Workforce Development Board, addressed the graduates, urging them to make connections with employers and help their colleagues as team players once they are hired.

In addition to presenting certificates and diplomas, the program recognized 10 people who were inducted into the National Adult Education Honor Society.

Johanna S. Billings

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Johanna S. Billings covers eastern Hancock County and western Washington County. An avid photographer, she lives in Steuben with her husband and several cats. She welcomes tips and story ideas. Email her at [email protected]

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