Pursuit of education sets a shining example for children
In February 2016, Maria Aguirre, an immigrant from Mexico and mother of three, registered for ESL classes with Southern Westchester BOCES at the White Plains Education and Training Center with teacher Elisa Montano.
Once she achieved the advanced ESL level, she felt more confident about her English skills and was eager to continue with her education. So she registered through SWBOCES for the High School Equivalency preparation program at El Centro Hispano in White Plains with teacher Jose Bohorquez. Maria obtained her High School Equivalency diploma in October 2017.
Her ambition and inspiration do not stop there. She is enrolled now in SWBOCES teaching assistant program in Harrison with teacher Shannon Palmer.
As she pursues her career goals, Aguirre is also working towards her citizenship, taking citizenship exam preparation classes with SWBOCES at El Centro Hispano with teacher Fatima Braga.
Her future plans include getting a job in a school and continue to be a role model for her children. She is an example who inspires others to continue their education. SWBOCES is very proud of her accomplishments and successes!
Contributed by Adult Literacy Supervisor Maria Guerrero, Center for Adult & Community Services at Southern Westchester BOCES