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Penn State Fayette's Kadish receives Superior Service to Adult Learners Award

6/15/2010 —
Apryl Kadish, an admission counselor at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, was awarded the Superior Service to Adult Learners Award from Penn State’s Commission for Adult Learners. She received the award in May at Penn State University’s Hendrick’s Best Practices for Adult Learner Conference, Apryl Kadishattended by representatives statewide who work with adult students.

The award recognized Kadish as an individual who has positively affected adult learners through direct service or by improving the campus environment for adult learners. The list of some of Kadish’s accomplishments includes: the creation of the CLEP testing site on the Fayette campus, which allows students to take College Board exams to earn college credits based on experience and knowledge learned outside of the classroom; bringing the Intermediate Unit 1 Adult Learner Program to the Eberly Campus, which helps adults transition into college education; acting as the campus’ liaison with Pennsylvania Career Link; working to establish the policies related to the provisional admissions of adult students; and helping to promote the Bachelor of Organizational Leadership degree, which is a special adults-only degree program offered by Penn State.

Brian Fernandes, director of Student and Enrollment Services, nominated Kadish for the prestigious award.

Kadish says, “When they called me to tell me I had won this award, my first reaction was ‘what award?’ I am not an award type of person, but this one is special.” She adds, “It takes a lot of patience to help adults make the transition to college, especially if an individual hasn’t been in school for some time. I have to take the hand of many people and walk them through the process. Sometimes I feel like I repeat myself 10 times a day, but, in the end, it is all worth it.”
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