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Wednesday – Feb. 26, 2014
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Chris Hammann, a junior social work major at Northern Kentucky University, has been named the American Council on Education 2013 Adult Learner of the Year.
Hammann, 43, is a Marine Corps veteran of two military conflicts and is president of the NKU VETS student organization. A married father of three from Cincinnati, he also works full time as a heavy equipment operator at the university.
The Adult Learner of the Year Award is presented annually by ACE to an individual who has benefited academically or professionally from the use of ACE credit recommendations for workforce or military training. Recipients must demonstrate outstanding achievements in their community or workplace while successfully balancing the demands of family, career, and education.
“I don’t know if I am a role model for other adults, but I hope I am demonstrating that it is never too late to go after your dreams,” Hammann said. “Education has helped me see myself and the world around me with different eyes. Finishing my degree will allow me to help others realize their potential, and I am determined to cross the stage to accept my diploma.”
NKU President Geoffrey Mearns said students like Hammann are inspiring. “I am always impressed with how many competing responsibilities our post-traditional students can successfully manage,” Mearns said. “One of the things I enjoy most about our commencement ceremonies is the look of pride and accomplishment in their eyes as I shake their hands on stage. I look forward to seeing Chris up there.”
ACE's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) and Military Evaluations are forms of credit for prior learning that evaluate employers' workplace education and training programs and military courses and occupations and recommend college credit when that learning is college-level and appropriate to a student's field of study.
ACE CREDIT connects workplace learning and higher education by helping adults gain academic credit for courses and exams taken outside traditional degree programs. ACE's Military Programs provides a critical link between higher education and the U.S. Department of Defense, with many of our nation's military members gaining access to higher education as a direct result of this partnership.
“Chris exemplifies the qualities that this award sets out to honor: perseverance, the capacity to overcome great odds, and the ability to inspire others to set high postsecondary achievement goals,” said Cathy Sandeen, ACE vice president for education attainment and innovation. “Like so many nontraditional students, he successfully juggles extraordinary family and work responsibilities even as he strives to gain his degree.”
Hammann will be presented with the award at the ACE 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego on March 11. He will also receive a $500 scholarship to help continue his education.
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