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Student Success Stories

Mehdi Ragozar-English as a Second Language Program

ESL Success StoryI had a great time at Martinez Adult Education. It was really cool with a decent size campus filled with heartwarming and outgoing students. All the instructors did their best so we could reach our goals. We not only learned English, but also learned how to live a good, healthy, and successful life in the U.S. I started studying at the beginning level in January then moved through four levels by the end of the year. I remember one day guests from DVC came and shared about college. While on a tour of the DVC campus, I met Nicole Gomez who knew my ESL teacher. Together they helped me enroll in DVC and even get a job on campus in the Student Service Center. Now I am in college, have a job, and work toward my degree in Civil Engineering.

I really appreciate what the ESL teachers at MAE have done for me. In the end, I’d like to say special thanks to Gretchen Lammers who always helped me in any way that she could.

Dave Mathers-Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Program


Dave MathersWe have many, many success stories about our Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) program. One of these stories is about a man named Dave Mathers. Dave attended the Police Reserve Academy at Martinez Adult Education. After graduating he was hired by the Richmond Police Department as a Level I Police Reserve. He then transferred to the Martinez Police Department as a Level I Police Reserve. During his time as a Police Reserve Dave was highly successful in the computer field. After a total of ten years as a Reserve Police Officer, he decided to change careers and he was hired as a Deputy Sheriff by Contra Costa County.  Dave then transferred to the Martinez Police Department. After 13 years, Dave retired as the Detective Sergeant. Dave is now a Senior Inspector with the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office. Dave investigates Internet Crimes against Children and High Technology Crimes.


Learn more about our Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) program at Martinez Adult Education.


Sue Johnston-Medical Billing & Coding Program

Sue Johnston - Medical Billing
Thirty years ago, I attended classes at this wonderful school and received a certificate of completion in the Police Reserve Officer Program. I had a successful career in law enforcement due to the education I received at MAE. Recently, I decided to change careers and entered the Medical Billing & Coding Program at MAE. I have nothing but praise for the lead medical instructor, Lillian J. Galindo-Bryson. The courses she taught prepared me to become a certified professional coder. In November of this year, I passed the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam. Within one month of receiving certification, I was hired to work at USCF as a medical coder. Without the excellent education and guidance I received at MAE, I would not be working at such a prestigious medical center today.


Learn more about our Medical Billing and Coding program at Martinez Adult Education.

Aderemi Ogunade-CAD Program

ADEREMI OGUNADE-CAD PROGRAM I studied Architecture in Nigeria, my homeland. My desire to further my education to gain employment in the US led me to enroll in the CAD Program at MAE. The highlight of my learning experience was a case-study project of redesigning the school’s auditorium kitchen and updating the design to meet code requirements. I completed the project on time, on a tight deadline, using my new skills in Revit Architecture and AutoCAD. Because of this project, I was hired by a contractor for freelance work while still studying. I am grateful to my instructor Johnny Gallardo for believing in my goals. The depth of his industry experience and passion for teaching is invaluable. I would also like to thank my keyboarding teacher, Kottenstette, and Marilyn Aiello for her job search tips. Upon graduation, I now have job interviews lined up. Thank you, MAE!


Learn more about the AutoCAD program at Martinez Adult Education.

Lizeth Rodriguez-High School Diploma

LIZETH RODRIGUEZ-HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAI am currently working on acquiring my high school diploma. In just fourteen weeks I have completed twenty credits at MAE. I have been able to complete this many credits because I come to class daily and work hard towards my goal. I’ve also been able to complete those credits because they have an amazing online program, Edgenuity, which allows me to learn at my own pace. While learning at my own pace, there have been some bumps along the way and I’ve gotten through them with the help of my amazing teacher, Judy Sabia. Being here has been an amazing experience and I am grateful to Judy and Alison for supporting and encouraging me every time I complete one of my courses. Being able to finish school here has been very beneficial. I am able to finish everything at an accelerated pace and that will allow me to graduate a lot quicker. 


Learn more about earning your High School Diploma at Martinez Adult Education.