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Devils Lake educator wins national award for adult education efforts

On April 29 during the 2022 Mountain Plains Adult Education annual conference in Tempe, Arizona, Bridget Hanlan was announced as the organization’s recipient of its Award of Merit, according to a news release.

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Bridget Hanlan, director of the Adult Learning Center located at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, and Doug Darling, president of LRSC, stand with the Award of Merit given to Hanlan from the Mountain Plains Adult Education organization.
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GRAND FORKS — The director of the Adult Learning Center located at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake has received a national award for her leadership in supporting adult education.

According to an LRSC release, on April 29 during the 2022 Mountain Plains Adult Education annual conference in Tempe, Arizona, Bridget Hanlan was announced as the organization’s recipient of its Award of Merit.

The Mountain Plains Adult Education Association Award of Merit is given to honor an individual who has made an outstanding contribution toward furthering the concept of adult education. It is the highest award given by the nine-state association.

Hanlan was nominated for this award because “she continuously goes above and beyond to reinvent the Region III Adult Learning Center to make it one of the most successful centers in North Dakota,” according to the release.

Hanlan has been a part of the North Dakota Association for Lifelong Learning’s conference committee for the last four years, and has held offices such as scholarship chair, vice president and president.

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In July 2020, she was recognized by Gov. Doug Burgum during his Education Summit as the recipient of the InnovateND Award for encouraging a collaborative culture. In September 2021, she was the recipient of the NDALL Leadership and Service Award.

The Adult Learning Centers and satellite sites are open to serve members of the public who need basic education and secondary education services. The free programs at the centers are available for people who:

  • are at least 16 years of age
  • are not enrolled in high school
  • do not have a high school diploma
  • are mandated by state law
  • may lack sufficient mastery of basic educational skills
  • cannot speak, read, or write the English language.

Services available in each Adult Learning Center include: reading/writing, science, social studies, math, digital literacy skills, English Language acquisition for adults who are unable to read, speak or write English, workplace and career planning and readiness, and GED preparation and testing. Information about how to contact the centers, and their locations can be found on the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s website.

Related Topics: EDUCATIONLAKE REGION STATE
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