Volunteer at Community College in Fort Collins Receives Top Honor from Colorado Adult Education Professional Association
Rebekah “Bex” Rohn is the Adult Education Volunteer of the Year, honored for her volunteering with adults studying English as a Second Language at Front Range Community College’s Center for Adult Learning.
She received the honor at the Colorado Adult Education Professional Association (CAEPA) annual conference in Broomfield.
Rohn started as a volunteer tutor in the summer of 2011 and continued through the subsequent school year, working as a classroom aide and helping individual students two evenings per week.
During the 2011-12 school year, Rohn donated 103 hours of volunteer service, driving twice a week from her home in Windsor to FRCC’s Prospect Center. She now tutors in a new ESL Lab one night per week, providing both large- and small-group instruction for adult students from many countries.
“Bex loves working with students, and she is absolutely great with them,” said Margie Wagner, coordinator of the Center for Adult Learning. “She is patient, she listens, she gives positive feedback and encouragement, and she is unfailingly cheerful. She enthusiastically lends her support no matter what the task. Despite the challenges of offering instruction in English to students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, she always has a huge smile and an optimistic attitude. Bex approaches every teaching session as a very important venture.”
This is the second year in a row that someone associated with the Center for Adult Learning has earned a top honor. Steve Dirmeyer, GED teacher, was honored as the Colorado Adult Educator of the Year at last year’s conference.
About Front Range Community College
FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.