Thirteen adult learners are graduating today, June 28, and Thursday, June 29, with their Nova Scotia high school diplomas. The graduates have completed programs offered by the South Shore Regional School Board in Queens and Lunenburg counties and supported by the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning. “There have been more than 20,000 enrollments in the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning in five years. It meets a significant need in our province for adults to improve their education, and ultimately, their job skills,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “I congratulate the graduates for taking steps toward a brighter future for themselves and their families.” This year, more than 500 adult learners across the province will receive their high school graduation diplomas through support from the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning. The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning co-ordinates a range of education programs for adults who want to improve their reading and math skills, or complete their high school diploma. This year marks the school’s fifth anniversary and the graduation of about 2,000 adult Nova Scotians with a high school diploma. It works in partnership with Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), regional school boards, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations to offer programs at more than 170 sites across the province. The high school graduation diploma for adults was introduced in 2001. “I would like to extend my congratulations to the graduates of both the Queens Adult High School and Lunenburg Adult High School. It is an accomplishment that the graduates should take pride in,” said Gary Mason, principal of Queens Adult High School. “By attaining their Grade 12 diplomas, their career options have expanded exponentially. They have already made that crucial and sometimes difficult step to return to school. Grade 12 is not only a key to a better job, but a beginning to a better understanding of the world.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is part of the provincial government’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative that involves job skills training, workplace learning, and basic literacy skills upgrading.