Direct Benefits for Coral Gables High Adult Education Program,
Miami Dade College School of Continuing Education
And Grants for Nonprofits Working in Adult Ed
Outlines A Future in which Lifelong Learning is the Model for All
Because “not everyone’s life runs in the same track,” improving access to life-long learning opportunities is the generous promise of the new Tristarr Adult Education Fund at the Coral Gables Community Foundation.
Adults who return to school to study career skills, citizenship, languages and cultural enrichment in Coral Gables and Miami-Dade County will benefit from a visionary, $75,000 gift. The Fund establishes eligibility for support: Miami Dade College School of Continuing Education and Professional Development (ce.mdc.edu), and Coral Gables Adult Education Center (coralgablesadultedu.com) will each receive grants of $25,000 in the first year. Local non-profit organizations also will be eligible to apply for grants in support of programs for adults who re-enter school.
VISION FOR A WORLD OF LIFELONG LEARNERS
Principal Donor Lauren Barnett said that she and her husband “come from families where not everyone went to university and some didn’t get a high school equivalency at the usual age. … [Our experience teaching adult education] gave us both a chance to see not only how dedicated late-life learners are, but also how limited our current idea of education can be.”
Barnett continued, “Lifelong education, I believe, is the future. It improves access to education by recognizing that not everyone’s life runs in the same track. It gives limitless opportunity for people to change and grow to better contribute to their community. It means believing in people and their potential to change the world at every stage of their lives, not just until they are 18. And it embodies the idea that an education is a right, not a privilege. If anyone, at any age, with any background wants training or an education or to learn something new, that opportunity not just be available but easy for them to access, because then we can all make the most of our entire lives. It means it’s never too late.”
WHY MDC AND GABLES ADULT ED?
“I am particularly excited about working with Miami Dade College and Coral Gables Adult Education Center because they are already making available adult education,” said the donor. “They know the challenges and opportunities their students and programs face, so we can make the best possible impact from the start. I also really value the range of opportunities at the Coral Gables Adult Education Center. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all mindset. Instead, they look at what the community wants and needs, so they are very well placed to help and to make a real impact on people’s lives.”
ABOUT TRISTARR ADULT EDUCATION FUND
The Tristarr Adult Education Fund, created by Lauren Jane Barnett with a donation to the Coral Gables Community Foundation in 2022, seeks to promote access to, and support for, adult and lifelong education in both the UK and the US, with the aim of improving the educational opportunities for those over the age 25.
ABOUT CORAL GABLES ADULT EDUCATION CENTER
Coral Gables Adult Education Center makes available to members of our community a wide range of learning opportunities to help them achieve their educational goals. Whether it’s learning English, becoming computer literate, completing high school coursework, or just learning for personal growth and enrichment, Coral Gables Adult Education Center has lots to offer. Coralgablesadultedu.com and https://www.giveourstudentstheworld.org
ABOUT MDC CONTINUING EDUCATION
The Miami Dade College School of Continuing Education and Professional Development is your source for high-quality workforce training, adult education programs, and personal enrichment courses that are accessible to the community. The School provides innovative educational experiences that are responsive to the needs and interests of industry and life-long learners of all ages. ce.mdc.edu
ABOUT THE CORAL GABLES COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The Coral Gables Community Foundation inspires impactful philanthropy through charitable funds and programs using local knowledge, expertise and trusted relationships. The Foundation is proud of awarding more than $11 million to worthy causes throughout our community and manages 21 scholarship funds. Learn more at GablesFoundation.org.