Few things inspire Joe more than seeing people better themselves through education. (One of Joe's heroes is his great-grandmother Esther, who graduated law school in 1935...at age 65!) In Portland, there is an organization that helps adults in the area to lead better and more fulfilling lives. Portland Adult Education, PAE, is a wide-ranging community program that brings people and resources together for academic courses, for job skills or personal enrichment, for special needs, or just for fun. Classes are held throughout the city at different times. You can find more about this amazing organization at their website. Since it's that time of the year, the Portland Adult Education graduation ceremony (PAE GRAD) is on June 12 at 6 p.m., where the 38 students who attained high school diplomas and the 152 students who passed the GED/HiSET test will be honored in a ceremony at Merrill Auditorium. Joe is sure it will be an inspiring event, and wishes the graduates all the future success!
Photography by Corey Templeton. See more of Corey's work here and here.