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Heartland honors Adult Education grads

September 20, 2022

The Heartland Community College’s Adult Education Department has recognized a group of students who have made an impact professionally, academically, and with community service.

During National Adult Education and Family Literacy (NAEFL) week, September 19-23, the Heartland Adult Education program honored past and present students at a Hall of Fame event. 

Heartland Community College Adult Education offerings include GED/High School Equivalency, Academic and Functional English as a Second Language programs, and other pathways to connect adult students to college-level education.

On Tuesday, September 20th Adult Education alumni were recognized with awards at Heartland’s Astroth Community Education Center (ACEC) auditorium. Honorees include immigrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo who developed their language skills to enter into the fields of nursing and medical lab work, a GED student who went on to gain a college degree and intern at NASA, and a graduate who moved to law school before opening a private practice for family and immigration law.

Successful Professional Awards

Adalberto Cornejo Campos
Benedicte Nsangu
Jacob Ngeno 

Community Involvement Awards

Liliana Kiamana
Romil Patel 

Academic Achievement Awards

Melody Dashora
Sandra Molinari 

Best in Business Awards

Monica Tessier
Steffon Joyce-Shadewaldt

Heartland Adult Education classes are free to students. For more information contact Heartland Community College at 309-268-8180, email or visit

Written by: Steve Fast