Madison WI (9/8/2011)
Literacy Network Learner Corinne Ratsimihah has been named "Outstanding Learner on a Career Pathway" by Wisconsin Literacy. She will receive her award at the statewide Celebration of Literacy on October 19 in Appleton.
Corinne Ratsimihah, a native of Madagascar, moved to Madison in March 2010 with her husband and two children, aged 4 and 6. At that time, Corinne and her children spoke only a few words of English.
Corinne enrolled in Literacy Network's free group English classes. Like many adult students, she felt apprehensive, but was deeply committed to developing English fluency and integrating into her new community. Corinne overcame embarrassment, even taking a lead in group work and becoming a favorite among her classmates. Corinne identified one of her primary goals: to apply for admission at the local technical college.
Corinne began attending Literacy Network's popular Health Literacy class, giving her an opportunity to practice her new language skills with health professionals at a mock clinic. Her participation in the class inspired her to work in healthcare. "When I study, the teacher showed about healthcare and I was thinking I [would] like to take care of someone else and so studying health would be a good job for me," explained Corinne.
Corinne also attended conversation groups, the computer language lab, and worked with a personal tutor, Nora. With Nora's help and her family's support, Corinne now attends Madison Area Technical College, and has begun her CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) coursework.
"I love to take care of people and I'm patient and a good listener and I like to learn," Corinne remarked.
"Every day, remarkable accomplishments happen quietly within our communities and we are proud to recognize those who went above and beyond to improve lifelong learning and adult education this past year," said Michele Erikson, Executive Director of Wisconsin Literacy.
Literacy Network is a member of Wisconsin Literacy, a statewide coalition dedicated to supporting adult, family and workplace literacy programs. For more information, visit www.wisconsinliteracy.org or call 608-257-1655.