Lawrence Education Center presented 177 diplomas to graduates on Friday, June 3, 2011, at Springfield Southeast High School Auditorium. Ninety-nine (99) students received high school diplomas and seventy-eight (78) received their GED certificate.
Several graduates were the featured speakers at graduation.
The following awards were presented during the evening:
Matilda McLaren Award - Mrs. Matilda McLaren was a teacher and advocate of adult education. She worked tirelessly to help people prepare for retirement; immigrants to gain the skills they need for citizenship and helped married mothers escape their destiny of dishes and diapers. She was outstanding in providing services to adults in most need.
Rob Mehan works in the Investor Education Section of the Illinois Securities Department at the Illinois Secretary of State’s office. He provides financial workshops for the population at LEC.
Peg Stroh Scholarship �“ Established in memory of Peg Stroh who for many years was a guidance dean at Lawrence Education Center.
Patrick Uhrich— plans to pursue a career in the medical field so that he can help people and make a difference.
Victory in Education Scholarship was established by an anonymous benefactor for graduating students who plan to enroll in a college or trade school.
Chante Hardy plans to pursue a career in teaching.
Daisy Capeles plans to pursue a career as a dental assistant.
Prepare Youth to Work Employed Student of the Year was established to recognize a student who has shown growth in the world of work and continues to be employed.
Laci Rebbe worked at SCOPE Daycare and has gained xperience in childcare. Laci’s goal is to own and manage a daycare. She plans to attend college to earn a degree in early childhood education.
Troy Johnson Volunteer of the Year Award was established in memory of Troy Johnson who served for many years as a volunteer at Lawrence Education Center.
Bonnie Schukai volunteers daily in the English As a Second Language program and assists students with preparing for jobs in the community.
Kathy Handy volunteers daily in the English As a Second Language program and assists students with American
culture and community awareness.
Key to Our Success was established in 2010 to recognize individuals from the community that exemplify the key to adult education success.
Two Recipients were announced:
Chuck Hoots and Katie Rasmussen