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RCSD Announces 2019 NYACCE Student Award Winner


(September 12, 2019) The Rochester City School District is proud to announce the 2019 New York Association for Continuing Community Education (NYACCE) student of the year awards. NYACCE has selected Carolyn Johnson as an Outstanding Adult Student Award recipient. She will be formally recognized at the NYACCE 36th Annual Student of the Year Awards Ceremony on October 8 – 9, 2019, at the Century House in Latham, NY.

NYACCE represents agencies and adult education programs throughout New York State that are committed to providing lifelong learning opportunities for adults. The Student of the Year Awards are given to adult students who have overcome adversity to further their education. This year 21 students will be honored at the annual awards dinner and then receive a special tour of the Capitol along with the NYACCE members who nominated them.

In 2015, Carolyn Johnson was declared legally blind and resigned the position she held for 14 years as a school bus driver. After two prior attempts at pursuing her High School Equivalency, she gathered the courage to try again. Since enrolling at the Office of Adult and Career Education Services (OACES), Carolyn has graduated from OACES’s Quick Print and Promotions vocational program and currently is pursuing her High School Equivalency. A vital member of the OACES community, Carolyn has been a soloist during the OACES Acknowledgment Ceremony for the past two years. As she awaits the results from her TASC exam, she has already applied to Monroe Community College, where she is planning to attend the School of Business and Entrepreneurial Studies. Carolyn is a gospel music artist and conducts workshops at her church for Gospel Music Workshops of America (GMWA). She is a shining example that difficult roads can lead to beautiful destinations.