Resolution J871-2013

Congratulating Jessica Burgos-Diaz upon the occasion of her designation as recipient of a NYACCE Student of the Year Award



  • Mar 19, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 14, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating Jessica Burgos-Diaz upon the occa-
sion  of  her  designation  as recipient of a NYACCE Student of the Year

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to honor  those  indi-
viduals  whose  character and achievements best exemplify the ideals and
values cherished by the great State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to congratu-
late Jessica Burgos-Diaz upon the occasion of her designation as recipi-
ent  of  a  New  York  Association  for  Continuing/Community  Education
(NYACCE) Student of the Year Award; and
  WHEREAS,  This  auspicious  occasion  was  celebrated at NYACCE's 30th
Annual Student of the Year Awards and Legislative Event, held in Albany,
New York on Wednesday, March 6, 2013; and
  WHEREAS, NYACCE represents adult education professionals  from  across
New  York  State;  a primary mission of NYACCE is to maintain and expand
education and training opportunities for  undereducated  adults  in  our
State; and
  WHEREAS, NYACCE strives to ensure that the opportunities and successes
afforded  these  students  and thousands of others continue to be avail-
able, and that additional adults in need of these services  continue  to
be  served  without barriers; it is well understood that individuals who
continue their education  have  a  better  chance  at  achieving  better
employment and a superior quality of life; and
  WHEREAS,  Jessica  Burgos-Diaz was nominated for a Student of the Year
Award by Liliana Zuluaga and Gretchen Varney from Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cat-
taraugus BOCES; and
  WHEREAS, Jessica Burgos-Diaz completed  some  high  school  in  Puerto
Rico,  but was unable to find a job to support her three children due to
difficult economic circumstances; and
  WHEREAS, To create a better life for her family, she moved  to  James-
town,  New  York,  and enrolled in English as a Second Language and Work
Experience with Spanish Support Programs at the Gateway Center; and
  WHEREAS, With the goal of improving her English skills and a desire to
attend Community College, Jessica Burgos-Diaz worked with determination,
even when faced with transportation challenges and  issues  with  child-
care;  she has tested out of BEST Plus and moved up to an Advanced Basic
Education Program, with the goal of earning her GED; and
  WHEREAS, Jessica Burgos-Diaz is enrolled in the Basic  Office  Medical
Procedures  Program  and  has  been  accepted  for  a Medical Technology
Program at Jamestown Community College; she works doubly hard to  trans-
late  medical  terms  from  English to Spanish and back again during her
coursework; and
  WHEREAS, With a focus on her  future,  Jessica  Burgos-Diaz  plans  to
volunteer at WCA Hospital until she finishes her schooling; and
  WHEREAS,  There  are  many  remarkable  stories  in the world of adult
education, but few are as impressive as that of Jessica Burgos-Diaz, who
serves as an inspiration to us all; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
congratulate Jessica Burgos-Diaz upon the occasion of her designation as
recipient of a NYACCE Student of the Year Award; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Jessica Burgos-Diaz.


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