Inspired by her mother’s own return to learning at the age of 48, Lorraine Dalton enrolled in the Sydney Adult Education Centre to make a better future for her son. Ms. Dalton, a second-generation adult learner, completed Grade 10 nearly a decade ago, but went back to school and this year, earned her high school diploma. “It’s hard to believe that I am graduating. I am so glad that I made that first step to a better future for my son and me,” said Ms. Dalton. “My son and my mother are my number one supporters. My family is very proud of what I have accomplished in such a short period of time.” This year, more than 500 adult learners across the province will receive their high school graduation diploma through support from the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning. Today, June 27, Ms. Dalton is one of 32 students graduating in Sydney. The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning co-ordinates a range of education programs for adults who want to improve their reading and math skills, or complete their high school diploma. This year marks the school’s fifth anniversary and the graduation of about 2,000 adult Nova Scotians with a high school diploma. “There have been more than 20,000 enrollments in the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning in five years. It meets a significant need in our province for adults to improve their education, and ultimately, their job skills,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “I congratulate the graduates for taking steps toward a brighter future for themselves and their families.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning works in partnership with Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), regional school boards, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations to offer programs at more than 170 sites across the province. The high school graduation diploma for adults was introduced in 2001. “Over the past 10 years, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board has been very proud to support adult learners in their life-long learning path through the adult high school program,” said Rick Simm, principal of Sydney Adult Education Centre. “To date, our board has seen 505 adults complete their credits and receive their high school diploma. It is so rewarding to see the accomplishments that they have achieved for themselves, their future and for their families.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is part of the provincial government’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative that involves job skills training, workplace learning, and basic literacy skills upgrading.