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Local principal named Adult Education Administrator of the Year

Roseville Adult School Principal Joyce Lude earns recognition
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Roseville Adult School Principal Joyce Lude has been named the 2010 Adult Education Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators. Lude joined the Roseville Joint Union High School District in 1993 as a home economics teacher at Roseville High School. She transferred to Roseville Adult School in 2000 where she oversees adult secondary education, English as a second language, citizenship preparation, parent education and technology education for adults. The school typically serves students between 18 and 35 years old eager to take advantage of a second chance to finish their high school requirements and earn a diploma. Many of the students also work full-time or raise families. The need for adult education continues to grow with more adults returning to school for their diplomas or GEDs, to keep their jobs or re-enter the workforce. This past school year, Roseville Adult School had 48 graduates, 260 students earning their GEDs and helped more than 100 seniors graduate on time with their classes. “Even with an increase in graduation requirements and a more rigorous curriculum, our numbers continue to grow,” Lude said in a press release. “We are also focusing on how we can support the families in the community to help them help their children succeed in school and college.” Founded in 1921 to teach wireless code to railroad workers, Roseville Adult School earned its initial accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 2009. Lude recognizes this accreditation as one of her major accomplishments. “Many adult schools are not accredited,” Lude said in a press release. “Accreditation means that our diplomas and programs are of sufficient rigor to be accepted by other institutions and certified for the public.” Roseville Adult School will soon begin preparing for the next accreditation visit in 2012. The school is also developing new programs, such as the Parent Institute for Quality Education and Roseville Connected, to outline the steps for college success and expand parental use of technology to communicate with the school. Lude lives in Folsom with her husband, Thor. Their children graduated from Folsom High School. The Association of California School Administrators will honor Lude during its Leadership Summit in San Diego in November. The association represents more than 15,000 superintendents, principals, vice-principals, classified managers and confidential employees throughout the state. ~Sena Christian