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TEDxPioneerValley - HCC Adult Learning Center - "A Person with a Dream"

Drawing on their own writings, students from the Holyoke Community College Adult Learning Center in Holyoke, Mass., present a personal look into the struggles and triumphs of recovering from an interrupted education. Adult learners are students too often forgotten. Having fallen through the cracks of our primary and secondary educational systems, they find their way to GED programs, determined to complete the equivalent of a high school diploma and change the trajectory of their lives. They often must overcome daunting social, emotional and practical obstacles, not the least of which are battle scars from past educational traumas. The student actors are: Carmen Ocasio, Jacquelynn Wojcicki, Lorna Andujar; Neftaly Rodriguez contributed to the script. Also contributing their thoughts are GED graduate and Amherst College student Ruben Sepulveda and Aliza Ansell, program coordinator of the HCC/ALC. The ensemble was directed by Melissa Penley of Enchanted Circle Theater in Holyoke, in collaboration with ETC Artistic Director Priscilla Kane Hellweg.About TEDxx = independently organized eventIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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