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2013 Champion - Jennifer Hill

Grand Erie Learning Alternatives offers a second chance to be role-models


Sometimes there are second chances in life.

For many of our champions, adult and continuing education programs gave them a second chance to complete their Secondary School diplomas and be better role models for their children. Their experience has set them on the path to more education or better paying jobs.

High school was difficult for Brantford-resident Jennifer Hill the first time around. She was kicked out of one school and left an alternative learning program after Grade 11.

Ten years later, Jennifer was talking to her three children about what they wanted to do when they grew up. Her son told her he wanted to stay home like his mom. It was a wake-up call, and Jennifer knew she had to go back to school so her children would have someone to look up.

She went to Grand Erie Learning Alternatives, received eight credits through Prior Learning Assessment Recognition, and completed an additional six through GELA’s full-time studies. She has been accepted to Niagara College for a business accounting program, and plans to take additional courses.

“I feel so much better about myself now,” Jennifer said. “Doors are open to me and I have way more opportunities.”


Story by Rob Rombouts

Photo by Blackbird Photography