Students Speak shows importance of Adult Education

Their backgrounds are as different as the path that led them to the Adult Education program, but one-by-one a group of students shared their compelling and inspirational story of success during a recent Students Speak event in April.  

Students Speak events are held throughout the state and provide community members, elected officials, school administrators, and other guests an opportunity to hear directly from the students in Adult Education programs. Dearborn operates one of the most successful and longest running Adult Education programs in Michigan and partnered with the Michigan Association of Community and Adult Education to host the event.  

Maryaam Al Daas was one of twelve students who shared their stories with the crowd of about 100 people gathered at the Berry Career Center.

Al Daas came to America as a teen bride, was kept isolated from other people, and had limited access to her children. After overcoming tremendous social and economical obstacles, she was able to connect with relatives in Michigan and relocated to the Metro Detroit area.  Attaining her G.E.D. through the Adult Education program in Dearborn has allowed her to continue her education at the college level, secure employment, and begin to build a better life for her and her children.

Although the details of Al Daas’ story were unique, the message from the students at the event was clear; education is key to improving your life, and the lives of your family.

“Balancing jobs, family, and other obligations the journey for these students is not always easy, but perseverance and the great support they receive from their teachers is instrumental in their success,” said Maha Makki, Adult Education College & Career Navigator, and emcee for the event.

Adult Education programs help students achieve high school completion or high school equivalency, learn English as a Second Language, and enhance workplace readiness skills for high-need, in-demand jobs.  

Adult Education helps workforce partners, post-secondary stakeholders and business leaders create the workforce of the 21st century. A video of Students Speak will be posted this summer on the District YouTube channel, For more information on the District’s Adult and Community Education program visit