A single mother of 47, Yvette Sturge was employed but had never earned her high school diploma. Things changed when she was laid off and was faced with trying to find work without a high school diploma. She wanted to stay in her chosen field, but that required getting the credentials that potential employers demanded. She knew that she needed her high school diploma.
After investigating the options available for adult learners, Sturge decided on distance education and enrolled with the Independent Learning Centre (ILC.org). To be successful, she needed to find a flexible model that would allow her to be close to home, her kids, and to take care of other the commitments in her life. Without scheduled classes to attend, she was able to study when and where she wanted or could, year-round, and at her own pace. “Doing my courses through distance education was ideal as it allowed me an open schedule to take care of all my obligations.”
As an adult learner with a firm goal in mind, Sturge found herself more motivated and engaged than ever before. “I found the courses more interesting and more related to the requirements of the workplace than I did when I attended school in the past.”
After completing five courses, Sturge earned her Ontario Secondary School Diploma and attended the Independent Learning Centre graduation ceremony last November. For Sturge it was the beginning, but not the end as she plans on continuing her education at a college level.