Rockford Adult Education News

An RAE Family Update

January 25, 2021 Edition

Graduate Spotlight

Veronica Merchant


Our first graduate of 2021, is Veronica Merchant! We are so excited to celebrate this accomplishment with Veronica!


Veronica has been working on earning her diploma since September of 2014. Veronica came to us needing 10.75 credits. A busy mom of three, Veronica started her credit earning journey slowly, completing just one class each year in 2015 and 2016, and four classes each in 2017 and 2018. Veronica completed two classes in 2019 and in a strong push to graduation, 9.5 classes in 2020.


Earning her diploma and completing this goal makes Veronica feel happy, proud, and motivated! She is interested in Early Childhood Development and plans to attend college in a year or so. She also plans to be a life-long learner!


To the RAE staff, Veronica says Kelly Fischer, one of our RAE teachers, " . . .has been very supportive to me overall. She's very kind, helpful, caring, and motivated to help in any way. I felt most comfortable working with Kelly." When asked what RAE did well, she replied, "Staying in constant contact."


For Veronica, her children made the work worth it. To adult students coming back to school to get their degree, as she has done, Veronica says, "Stay committed, don't give up, ask questions, work hard like it's nobody's business!"


Veronica's journey is reflected in her answer to the question, "Has coming back to school made changes in your life so far?", she said, "It has given me confidence and reassures me that with hard work and dedication I can do anything." She began tentatively, not sure she could do the work and persevere. Once she realized her goal was in reach, she fully committed and earned that diploma!


This is certainly true, Veronica! With hard work and dedication, you can do anything! We can't wait to see what good things you will accomplish!

New year, new you??


2021 is here! What a great time to work toward earning that diploma and improving opportunities for you and your family!


Classes run Mondays through Thursdays from 5-8:30. Can't make it? Join us virtually from 6-7! (You can find the zoom link below!)


Let's make 2021 your year to graduate!! We are here to help you do it!

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Here comes winter! This is the best time to be inside completing classes and taking steps toward improving yourself!


If you want to graduate in May, NOW is the time to put in the work! Schedule the time into your day, to make sure you get it done! What time of day is best for you to work on your classes? Which in person classes can you attend?


You can achieve what you set your mind and your time to doing! It is all about time and effort! We are here to support you and to cheer you on to the finish line at Graduation!

RAE is still open and holding classes IN PERSON!


Please join us! Classes are held Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5:00 PM until 8:30 PM. It is important to come to class to connect with teachers, get your questions answered, and fulfill testing/enrolling requirements.


When coming in to class, please ring the doorbell to the right of the double doors. A teacher will open the door for you. Next, please complete the health screener on the desk, and sign-in to class.


Understanding the pandemic we are in, there may be times when you are unable to attend class due to Covid 19. To accommodate our students working from home, we will be holding Zoom office hours every class night from 6:00 PM -7:00 PM. It is very important that if you are not in class, you are checking in regularly with teachers. We are required to document attendance for the state of Michigan.

Virtual class available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM!


If you are unable to join us in person, please make every effort to check in with your teachers during their office hour.


You can click on this Zoom link to join. Your teacher will let you in, and then you should be able to see your teacher! If you are having trouble, please reach out! Our contact information is at the end of this newsletter.


Need help with zoom? Here is a how to tutorial.

Now enrolling!


Do you have any friends or family who might be interested in earning their diploma or working toward the GED? RAE is now enrolling for second semester! See Enrollment Information below!

Enrollment requirements


If you are not yet enrolled for the 2020/2021 school year here is what you need to do:


1. Please complete the RAE Request for Information form.

2. Sarah will send the official form to enroll to the email you listed on the form. Please complete the official enrollment form.

3. Please take the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) Locator pre-test. Sarah, our secretary, will send you the link.

4. Please come in to class to take the TABE Survey test.


Testing is required by the State of Michigan when you enroll, and then again when you graduate or at the end of the school year.


Once these steps have been completed, we can get you started in classes and on your way to that diploma!

How are you doing? People care and want to help!


Hand 2 Hand can help with food and toiletry needs.


Developing Healthy Kids put together a panel of mental health experts to address questions from Rockford families regarding the stress and anxiety caused by Covid 19. View it here!


Ele's Place is a community based organization with the mission to create awareness of and support for grieving children and their families. Please find a very helpful guide for parents - how to support teens, as well as a handout titled, How to Help Yourself: For Teens below.