As a home-care worker and mother, Kim Smith realized her employment situation would not change without further education. She returned to the classroom to complete her high-school diploma for adults, and will enter the Licensed Practical Nursing program at the Nova Scotia Community College in the fall. “I always felt I needed schooling, but I was just never ready. The situations at my place of employment and my inability to change made me realize my education was part of the solution I needed,” said Ms. Smith. “All of the teachers at the adult high school are fabulous. The encouragement helped me believe in myself.” Ms. Smith is one of 44 adult learners to graduate today, June 23, with a high-school diploma from the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. “Through the School for Adult Learning, Nova Scotians, like Kim, get the skills they need to succeed at home, at work and in the community,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “The school is part of our effort to ensure people can return to learning and help pave the way to a brighter future for themselves and their families.” More than 450 Nova Scotians are graduating this month with a high-school diploma for adults. About 4,800 Nova Scotians are enrolled in programs supported by the School for Adult Learning at more than 170 sites across the province. “We’re proud of the class of 2005. They add to the ongoing success of the over 600 graduates to date,” said Coleen Davidon, co-ordinator of community education and partnerships, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. “Each adult high-school graduate has a unique story, which brought them back to learning. But they all have a common drive to achieve success and to improve their lives and the lives of their families through education.” The School for Adult Learning is funded by the departments of Education and Community Services, and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is part of the provincial government’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative, which involves training and skills upgrading, from basic literacy to workplace learning and job skills training.