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Bread for Success

After 18 hours laboring on the construction site, Gaston Diaz feels like a broken toy. Every bone and muscle aches. He nurses torn knee tendons and broken discs in his spine. He gets very little rest around his other grueling job as a housekeeper. Working seven days a week, the 30-year-old sometimes thinks he’s much…

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Use Your Common Cents (30-for-30 Challenge Pt 4)

Once again, we’ve assembled a list of ways you, your friends, and colleagues can celebrate and support the Durango Adult Education Center’s three decades of galvanizing the community through continuous learning opportunities. You’ll see that as we approach the top ten items in our 30-for-30 Challenge, we offer this caution: some of these ideas are…

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Got These Back-to-School Essentials?

Lunchbox? Check. Backpack? Check. Notebooks, pencils, calculators. Triple check! There’s nothing quite like the helter-skelter cycle of the back-to-school bonanza. Teachers and staff at the Durango Adult Education Center have been busier than ever, but it’s not because they needed lesson plans prepped or handouts updated. In fact, it’s because we expanded services to Montezuma…

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Cat Got Your Tongue: The Need for English as a Second Language Programs

Has it been “raining cats and dogs” in your neighborhood recently? Do you think learning English is “a piece of cake?” Or have you been “feeling under the weather” with summer allergies? The Rule of Thumb Is There Are No Rules Idioms, expressions, colloquialisms are so commonplace the average native speaker of a language hardly…

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Final Exam: One Student’s GED Path

No matter how hard it was, Myriam Costantino Balageur knew she could not quit. No matter how tired she felt; no matter how many times she failed, she absolutely could not give up on her education. She was going to earn her GED. “What will my children think if I quit,” Myriam reflects. “I had…

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