Download the 2016-17 ACE Success Stories

ACE is pleased to sponsor Florida’s “Sunshine Success Stories.”  This proactive marketing plan is to increase awareness of adult education and career and technical education statewide, and show how vital adult education is to Florida’s economic recovery and growth.

ACE wants to get the story out by identifying adult students who have reached their life goals, improved their standard of living, achieved a higher paying  job, advanced to higher education, or attained a career goal.  The “Sunshine Success Stories” is a project that highlights learners who have attended adult education programs, overcome personal roadblocks, and are now successful and productive citizens and family providers.

Please take this opportunity to nominate an outstanding student from your school district, community/state college, or community-based program.  We are looking for students who have made a positive contribution to their community, now have significant life responsibilities, have met life goals as a result of completing an adult education program and have overcome difficult circumstances.  The nominee does not have to be currently in school.


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Every day in adult education classes around the state, success stories are being made.  Adult students of all ages and backgrounds are overcoming hurdles and hardships to complete their high school education to improve their lives and the lives of their families and communities. Earning your GED or high school diploma begins the transition to better employment opportunities and/or post-secondary studies.

Click on the links below to hear about the latest success stories from Brevard and Leon County adult education programs.

Help us help you keep adult education alive and well in Florida so we can continue to serve our students.  Contact the ACE of Florida Foundation office, (850) 222-2233, or email with any questions or concerns.

Success Stories

ACE-Leon Adult Education Success Story Videos

Leon County Adult and Community Education School shares many of their success stories via their Facebook page.  Click on the link below to view their success story videos:

Christina DeSensi – A Success Story

Christina came to the Withlacoochee Technical College’s (WTC) GED preparation class in April 2014 as a scared, recently divorced 38 year old with four children.  Her husband (a doctor) had recently left her as the sole provider for herself and her children, but she had no job.  The home she and the children lived in was in foreclosure.  She had trouble finding a job without a high school diploma.  Christina quickly proved she is a hard worker and needed to get done fast.  With four children and little to no income, she needed help.  The local United Way stepped in to assist her with food and to help her get her feet on the ground.  Christina earned her GED credential within nine weeks of enrollment at WTC and was awarded a two year scholarship to the College of Central Florida.  Christina is currently enrolled in the Paralegal Studies program at the College of Central Florida where she maintains a 3.5 GPA and is employed part time in the College’s TRIO program as a tutor and mentor in the WTC GED preparation program.

Quote from Christina:  “If you are willing to work hard, the sky is the limit and anything can be achieved.


Tabita Lepindea – A Success Story


Tabita is a Romanian immigrant who lived a harsh life under Communist rule.  Before the Revolution, she and her family experienced extreme rations on food, water and electricity.  At the age of 18, her family moved to the United States – a long-time dream of hers.

She worked as a full-time nanny for 4 years, which allowed her to save money and eventually pursue another dream:  attending art school.  She attended art school in Chicago.  Several years later, Tabita returned to school to earn her high school diploma through the Lee County GED Program.  At the time of enrollment, Tabita was battling with many struggles.  However, she turned school into a refuge where she could escape and focus on goals.  Tabita’s determination molded her into a highly successful and motivated woman.  To her, the GED program was the foundation for her educational triumph and helped build her confidence through the encouragement of her teachers.

Tabita earned her diploma in only two semesters all while maintaining a job and dealing with life’s numerous trials.  The faculty unanimously selected her as the student speaker for the graduation ceremony where she delivered an inspiring speech to a crowd of over 1,000 people.  Immediately following graduation, she enrolled at Florida Southwestern State College and began her coursework to become a Physician’s Assistant.  At FSW she maintained a 3.81 GPA and was recognized by several professors as a leader in the classroom.  She is currently awaiting acceptance from Miami-Dade College’s P.A. program.  Her ultimate goal is to open her own clinic as a P.A.

Along with being a full-time student and maintaining a job, Tabita dedicates much of her spare time each week volunteering with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army, and her local church.

Quote from student:

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”