From victim of abuse to role model

November 4, 2019
Carlada Angel Thomas was a childhood victim of physical and emotional abuse. Her mother was a drug addict and her father was imprisoned twice. Carlada had a "victim" mentality and didn't begin her recovery until her 30s. This single mother decided to not allow her past to define her or her children’s future. Carlada enrolled in Adult Education to earn her high school diploma through the Sutter County Superintendent's Office of Education. She struggled with her classwork, but persisted to be a role model for her children and others who struggled, completing her high school credits in January 2019 and then beginning community college classes. While completing her credits, Carlada worked full-time to support her family. During the last 10 years, Carlada has helped with a program which provides meals to people in the Yuba-Sutter area. She has worked at the Mobile Community Closet providing clothing, shoes, and school supplies to needy people. Carlada is also the co-founder of WOG Lifestyles, which provides encouragement, affirmation, and resource assistance to the needy. Carlada hopes to begin a career in social work. She plans to obtain her AA at Yuba College and her bachelor's at Sacramento State University. Eventually, she would like to open a center for individuals left to deal with the guilt and aftermath of having incarcerated parents, helping others avoid repeating the mistakes of previous generations and achieve their goals to better themselves, their children, and their communities.
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Adult Education Every Student Succeeding recipients are selected with the help of the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network for Adult Educators. Carlada Angel Thomas from Sutter County Adult Education is one of two winners of OTAN's 2019 Students Succeed program.
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