KC student named High School Equivalency Adult Learner of the Year

Kilgore College student Cameron Burcham, of Longview, has been named as the 2017-18 High School Equivalency Adult Learner of the Year.

The Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education (TALAE) presents the award annually to top students in Texas based on students’ academics, effort, persistence, leadership and community involvement.

Along with the title, Burcham was awarded a $1,200 scholarship at TALAE’s annual conference Feb. 8 in Houston.

Vicki Sexton, Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) instructor, nominated Burcham for the award.

Along with Sexton, instructors Charmyn Tumey and Dorris Baker-Kinney worked closely with Burcham in the AEL program and the Intensive College Readiness programs.

“His test scores for the High School Equivalency (HSE) test were among the highest in the Texas East Region,” Sexton said. “This region includes students from Oklahoma to Conroe and Louisiana to Kaufman.”

Burcham graduated from the AEL program in June of 2018 and began classes last fall as a full-time KC student in the Culinary Arts program.

He was also named last semester to the fall 2018 Dean’s List for earning at least a 3.5 GPA.


About the TALAE:

The Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education was formed in 1968 as the Texas Association for Continuing Adult Education with the purpose of providing professional development, networking and statewide recognition to adult education programs in Texas.

Any person involved or interested in any facet of adult education is invited to join the TALAE organization to promote adult education in Texas.

This organization offers membership to educators across the state as well as adult education students. When a student becomes a member of TALAE, he or she also becomes a member of COABE-Coalition on Adult Basic Education.

Students have the opportunity to be nominated by their instructor and win a monetary award ($1,200 for HSE students and $500 for ESL students) based on their academics, effort, persistence, leadership and community involvement.


PHOTO ABOVE: Cameron Burcham with instructor Vicki Sexton.