2019 Maritime Travel Learner Achievement Award

James MacIsaac doesn’t drive and lives over 20 miles outside of town, but that doesn’t stop him from getting to class on time at the Antigonish County Adult Learning Association (ACALA). “For the last two years, I have been taking classes at ACALA to get my GED and have also been working on employment skills. By taking these courses, I have learned a lot of things like computer skills and problem-solving with what life throws at you. I have even learned a lot about communication skills so that I can be even more of a people person. My math teacher says that my math skills are ready for me to write the GED Math test. The first time I wrote the GED Math, it was difficult working on the computer. I lost time trying to open and close example screens and I was worried about finishing on time. Now I know my computer skills are better, plus I will be ready to ask for help quicker if I need it.”

“James began our current employability program in September 2018, but he has
attended various programs with us since 2015,” says his instructor. “He is also working towards his High School Diploma and has made great strides toward achieving that goal. In the time I’ve known James, he has been very eager to learn and is always willing to try new things. His attendance is excellent, and he’s almost never missed a class. When he did miss a class, it was due to his dedication to his volunteer work at J.J. Carroll House here in Antigonish. Volunteer work is a required part of the employability program, so while he may miss a lesson, it still counts towards his class time. During his time here at ACALA, James has made great improvements in terms of his skills, tech skills, and much more. I can’t think of a more deserving candidate for this Achievement Award.”

“I see improvements in my life,” says James. “Before I took the adult learning course, I didn’t believe in myself. I was put down a lot until I had a chance to show myself what I can do. Everyone said I can do it, and now I know I can.” ~ James MacIsaac