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ACE Names Hammann 2013 Adult Learner of the Year

February 26, 2014

2014 Adult Learner of the Year


​Chris Hammann, 43, an employee and student at Northern Kentucky University, is ACE’s Adult Learner of the Year.

Hammann, a Marine Corps veteran of two military conflicts and a married father of three from Cincinnati, will be presented with the award at ACE’s 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego, during the Tuesday, March 11, morning plenary session. (Pictured at the award presentation, left to right: Vicki Berling, interim director of the Norse Advising Center at Northern Kentucky University; Chris Hammann; and Cathy Sandeen, ACE vice president for Education and Attainment.)

The Adult Learner of the Year Award is presented annually by ACE to an individual who has benefited academically or professionally from the use of ACE credit recommendations for workforce or military training. Recipients must demonstrate outstanding achievements in their community or workplace while successfully balancing the demands of family, career and education.

ACE's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) and Military Evaluations are forms of credit for prior learning. The programs evaluate employers' workplace education and training programs, or military courses and occupations, and recommend academic credit when that learning is college level.

“Chris exemplifies the qualities that this award sets out to honor: perseverance, the capacity to overcome great odds and the ability to inspire others to set high postsecondary achievement goals,” said Cathy A. Sandeen, ACE’s vice president for education attainment and innovation. “Like so many nontraditional students, he successfully juggles extraordinary family and work responsibilities even as he strives to gain his degree.”

Hammann will receive a $500 scholarship to help continue his education.

He is currently a junior at Northern Kentucky pursuing a degree in Social Work and is president of the Norse Veterans Student Organization, while also working full time as a heavy equipment operator at the university.

“I don’t know if I am a role model for other adults, but I hope I am demonstrating that it is never too late to go after your dreams,” Hammann said. “Education has helped me see myself and the world around me with different eyes. Finishing my degree will allow me to help others realize their potential, and I am determined to cross the stage to accept my diploma.”

Media Contact: Jon Riskind ▪ 202-939-9453 ▪​

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