First Adult Diploma Graduate
Mustafa Alzehhawi is the first student in our consortium to receive his Standard Adult High School diploma, a program approved by the Minnesota legislature in 2014 which provides a competency-based option for adults to obtain a high school diploma. The NWSC ABE Consortium begain offering the Standard Adult diploma in September 2017.
My name is Mustafa Alzehhawi. I am from Iraq. I am 28 years old. I am married and a father of three beautiful children. I have been in the U.S. about four years. Before I came to the United States, I was living in Turkey about two years.
When I came to the United States, I could not speak English at all. After three months, I decided to go to school to learn English. I went to Houston Community College for learning English. I took ESL intensive courses for five hours a day, four days a week, and worked at the same time. After two years I moved to Minneapolis, MN because I have a lot of friends there. One year later I moved to East Grand Forks, MN because of educational opportunities.
After a few months I quit school because I was frustrated. One teacher, Eryn Killough, told me that she would work with me until I graduated. A few months later, I earned my Adult Diploma from EGF Adult Basic Education program in December 2017. Sara Chlebik, Mike Reeves (the Adult Diploma advisor), Traci Pederson and Eryn are great teachers in East Grand Forks. Mike made sure everything was processed.
Now, I am currently a student at Northland Community and Technical College. I want to get a degree in Computer Science from the University of North Dakota because computers are the future of our society and has a great opportunities.