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HCDE Adult Education manager O’Brien becomes one of 75 Texas adult education administrators to earn prestigious certification

Nationally certified Leadership in Excellence Academy Texas trainers Rene Coronado and Guadalupe Ruvalcaba congratulate Harris County Department of Education Adult Education manager May O’Brien (middle). O’Brien achieved the distinction of becoming one of 75 Texas adult education administrators who have earned the Certified Manager in Program Improvement certification

Harris County Department of Education Adult Education manager May O’Brien is one of 75 Texas adult education administrators who have achieved the Certified Manager in Program Improvement certification.  O’Brien was awarded the certification from the National Leadership Excellence Academy at a recent ceremony on July 24 in Galveston, Texas.

The National Leadership Excellence Academy is a two-year national certification program for adult education managers. The National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium and ProLiteracy America has sponsored the program since 2006.

Certification includes completion of five, six-hour workshops; four online courses; four interim activities and written reports; two culminating learning projects and written reports; and six webcasts and evaluations.

O’Brien has worked at HCDE for 13 years and is program manager in Alief and Spring Branch where she manages adult education programs which serve over 2,000 adult learners annually.

HCDE serves students through its Adult Education Irvington Learning Center, 6515 Irvington, and from learning centers and classrooms located in urban and suburban areas such as Spring Branch, Katy, Pasadena, Baytown, Klein, Cy-Fair and Galena Park. In total, 65 satellite locations in 15 school districts serve the adults. Classes include English as a second language, citizenship, workplace literacy, adult basic education and GED preparation.  For more information about classes, call 713-692-6216 or go to www.hcde-texas.org.

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