Adult Academic Program Student Wins Outstanding Learner Award

Adult Academic Program Student Wins Outstanding Learner Award
Posted on 05/23/2017
Adult learners of all ages will be awarded for their dedication and hard work in achieving their academic goals at the Minnesota Literacy Council (MLC) Awards Ceremony on May 25.

Our Adult Academic Program is proud to announce that one of its learners, Magartu Dawe, will be at the ceremony to accept the Outstanding Learner Award. Margartu is a true leader at the Adult Academic Program and in the larger community – both locally and at nationally.

Magartu is originally from Ethiopia. When she came to the Adult Academic Program (AAP), her goals were to get her citizenship and to improve her English and academic skills to better provide for her three children to whom she is a single mother. Her ultimate goal is to get her GED, go to college, and become a police officer in New Hope.

“Every day Margartu gives 100 percent,” said her teacher Colleen Crossley. “She helps other students, volunteers for school activities and events, and is a great example of the power of teamwork. She is a true asset to our school and community.”

While studying to earn her GED, Magartu also prepared to become a U.S. citizen. Although her first try at the citizenship test was not successful, Magartu did not get discouraged. Instead, she studied harder and worked with one of the school’s volunteers. Her hard work paid off, and Magartu became a U.S. citizen in January 2016. After receiving her citizenship, Magartu spoke to AAP’s Citizenship class about the importance of persistence in reaching personal goals. She also spoke at AAP’s 2016 graduation ceremony where she represented all of the school’s new citizens. As luck would have it, the mayor of New Hope was at the graduation ceremony and when she heard Magartu’s speech and career goals, the Mayor immediately offered her a position on a city board.

Magartu is a very busy student. She has actively participated in AAP’s Elder Care Employment program, served on the school’s Student Advisory Board, and went through the school’s leadership training. Magartu will continue on the Student Advisory Board next school year as well as becoming a Student Mentor and a Resource Room volunteer. To top it all off, Magartu has also been selected to be on the Community Education Advisory Board.

Magartu is equally busy outside of school. She is very involved with the union for her Janitorial position, and she recently testified before a Congressional committee in Washington about the plight of her Oromo people. As her resume demonstrates, Magartu is truly a leader and outstanding citizen. And excellence runs in her family. All three of Magartu’s children attend Cooper High School in the Robbinsdale Area School District and are stellar students. Her oldest daughter will graduate this June and earned a full scholarship to Gustavus Adolphus College; her middle daughter will graduate in 2018 and earned a scholarship to attend a forensic science summer program at the Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; and her son will graduate from Cooper in 2019.

Annually, Robbinsdale Adult Academic Program (AAP) provides instruction to over 1,200 students including those seeking to improve their English language skills or to improve their reading, writing, and math skills. AAP students can also complete their high school diploma and get ready for college. The Adult Academic Program is located in the Crystal Learning Center at 305 Willow Bend, Crystal, MN 55428 with additional classes located online and at Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park.