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For Good Measure: Frame Construction 101

Frames are about more than making a picture or a painting look good, says Jeffrey Sarver, a former U.S. Geological Survey cartographer. They can also preserve history and protect sentimental pieces that tell a personal story.

"I've had so much experience with a wide variety of artwork — everything from an African blowgun to a Japanese kimono dress to lawyers' certificates to people bringing in cross-stitches, newborn babies' dresses and even stuff from Mardi Gras," Sarver says. Read the article.

For Good Measure: Frame Construction 101 by Express contributor Stephanie Kanowitz June 13, 2011

Man Constructing Frame


Photo by Kris Conner
Teacher Inspired Her Students

Many former students of Jennifer Schoechle spent Saturday afternoon, March 12, celebrating their beloved teacher. They brought family and friends to the Jennifer Schoechle Memorial Art Show at the Plum Center for Lifelong Learning in Springfield. Read the article

Jennifer Schoechle's Paintings




Photo courtesy of the Springfield Connection
See the Sights With New Eyes: Becoming a DC Tour Guide

One of the great things about living in D.C. is that people always want to visit you. Most Washingtonians have taken friends and family on the Mall loop so many times they could do it in their sleep. So, why not take that expertise and make a few bucks? Read the article.

Tourists at WWII Memorial




Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar
Express Night Out
Stories Behind the Recipes

ACE instructor Dianne Hennessy King teaches the art of writing food memoirs, helping people learn how to study history through food. Read the article.

Dianne Hennessy King




Photo by Shamus Ian Fatzinger
Fairfax County Times
Counselors Recognized for Exemplary Service

ACE educational counselors Lorraine Obuchon (left) and Maureen Simmons (right) have been recognized for exemplary service to the community by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Cultural Foundation, Inc. Read the news release.

ACE educational counselors
Photo by Florinda Rosen
Commitment to Education Continues

After more than 30 years of hard work and a commitment to bettering the lives of Fairfax County residents, Kenneth Plum's efforts to enrich adult education culminated with the Oct. 25 dedication of the Plum Center for Lifelong Learning in Springfield. Read the article.

Community Day Celebration
ACE to Dedicate Plum Center, Host Community Day

Master of ceremonies Kenneth (Ken) R. Plum will perform the ribbon cutting for the new educational center bearing his name, the Plum Center for Lifelong Learning, Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Adult and Community Education (ACE) center, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 25. ACE will host the open house to dedicate and celebrate its official debut as a unique campus. Read the news release.

The Plum Center for Lifelong Learning
An Education in What's Possible

Two years ago, Taishia Jenerette was holding down two jobs, caring for her 6-year-old daughter and struggling as a single mother with too little time and too many bills. Read the article.

An Education in What's Possible by Emma Brown, Washington Post, July 30, 2009

Counselor and graduate photo


Photo by Tracy A. Woodward
The Washington Post
Schools offer education options

Any interest in heavy equipment operation? How about Celtic-style jewelry design or genealogy? Those are among the new class offerings this fall by Fairfax County Public Schools Adult and Community Education.

Schools Offer Education Options, Times Community, July 29, 2009

Adult Education Veteran Confronts Severe Budget Cuts

Bonnie Moore can look back on 30 years of service to Adult and Community Education (ACE), during which she has witnessed the organization’s tremendous growth and achievement. But for Bonnie Moore, time to relish this achievement is short.

Adult Education Veteran Confronts Severe Budget Cuts by Ruth Baja Williams, The South County Chronicle, June 1, 2009

Bonita Moore, Ph.D. at Adult High School Completion Program graduation
Oakton Elementary Does Robotics

Take a favorite childhood toy — Lego blocks — add wheels and motors and elementary school children, and out pops a Fairfax County Public Schools Adult and Community Education (ACE) program, afterschool "Robotics." Read the article.

Oakton Elementary Does Robotics by Donna Manz, The Connection, April 15, 2009

Oakton Elementary robotics students



Photo by Donna Manz
The Connection
Immigrant Parents Push to Protect English Classes

Each year, Fairfax County classrooms serve more than 20,000 students who are learning English as a second language. They also serve many of their parents. Read the article.

Immigrant Parents Push to Protect English Classes by Michael Alison Chandler, The Washington Post, February 5, 2009

ESOL classroom
They Came, They Sawed, They Saved

It was pushing 9 p.m. on a recent Tuesday when a dozen students got a lesson in power saws. Teacher Billy Harvey showed off the relative advantages of using circular and reciprocating saws and offered a warning... Read the article.

They Came, They Sawed, They Saved by Michael Alison Chandler, The Washington Post, October 9, 2008

Woman with power tool

The Washington Post Photo
Dayna Smith
Del. Kenneth R. Plum honored with resolution for The Plum Center for Lifelong Learning

On Sept. 4, the Fairfax County School Board named one of its centers the Plum Center for Lifelong Learning recognizing Del. Kenneth R. Plum. Read the article.

Column: Plum Center for Lifelong Learning, Reston Connection, September 11, 2008

Delegate Kenneth R. Plum
Never Settle - ACE Program Provides Self-Sufficiency

ACE's Education for Independence program provides a leg up for adults seeking self-sufficiency and success. Read the article.

Never Settle by Brenda Simms, Springfield Connection, August 29, 2008

Donna R. Ponzette, speaker at EFI graduation ceremony Aug. 15.
ESOL Program Supports Area Educators

The Virginia Adult Institute for Lifelong Learning teamed up with Fairfax County Public Schools’ English for Speakers of Other Languages program in a two-day conference spotlighting integration and the immigrant experience. Read the article.

ESOL Program Supports Area Educators, Chronical Newspapers, August 27, 2008

Keynote speaker Noureddine Erradi
Really Cool ACE Classes Starting

Discover your family tree, the art of coppersmithing, or how to create a marketing plan. A world of creative and practical learning opportunities await! Read the article.

Really Cool ACE Classes Starting by Steve Hibbard, Fairfax Connection, July 24, 2008

ACE class on brick masonry
A Second Chance

The 19 graduates trickled in from their cell blocks and put on their crimson graduation robes over their detention center jumpsuits.

A Second Chance by James Cullum, Fairfax County Times, July 3, 2008

Graduate receives his diploma.

Times Staff Photo
Shamus Ian Fatzinger
Instructor Wins Culinary Award

ACE Culinary Arts instructor Kay Karim received the Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2007 in London on April 13, 2008 for her cookbook, Iraqi Family Cookbook: From Mosul to America. The award is presented to authors whose books appear to be historically significant to cookbook publishing. Read press release.

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards press release, April 14, 2008

Kay Karim, culinary arts instructor
Community in the Classroom

Students take ACE classes for a variety of reasons – to learn a new skill, prepare for a new adventure in life, or simply to add some genuine satisfaction to their day. Whatever the motivation, bonds of community and friendships often form among the learners. Express contributor Sara Kruger explores how camaraderie extends far beyond the classroom. Read the article.

Studious Group: Continuing Education by Sara Kruger, Express, April 9, 2008

Instructor Jothia K. Murugan
Getting Ahead: PMP Your Resume

ACE project management professional (PMP) certification course instructor Jothia K. Murugan talks about what it takes to ready students to pass the project management professional certification exam in this article written by Express contributor Sara Kruger.

Getting Ahead: PMP Your Resume by Sara Kruger, Express, March 12, 2008

Apprentice Receives Award from Governor Kaine

Danitra Daniels, a recent graduate of the ACE apprenticeship program, was recognized by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine as one of Virginia's outstanding apprentices in a ceremony in Richmond. Completing all four levels of apprenticeship-related instruction with distinction in May 2007, she is now an ACE instructor teaching an HVAC class at the location where she was an apprentice. Read related press release.

FCPS press release, January 2, 2008

Danitra Daniels

Danitra Daniels

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