The Adult Learning Center is celebrating 40 years of Opening Doors of Opportunity. Since 1972 the Adult Learning Center has helped more than 120,000 adults earn their GED diploma, learn to speak English, become skilled employees, and work knowing their children are provided safe, nurturing care.
Tune in to NESN Daily Live at 10:00 and watch Nashua’s own Jamison Coyle report on the day’s sports activities.
Jamison’s mother Kim, who is the Adult Learning Center’s business administrator, credits his ability to adapt to new situations, present himself with self-assurance, and communicate convincingly, with his experiences in the Center’s childcare programs.
Jamison began attending Early Childhood Adventures when he was just a few months old and Kim returned to work. It was here that he got an early start on sociability and confidence. Throughout elementary school, he went to the School Age Adventures after school program, and summer camp. “I remember looking up to the counselors, especially Brad Page, and wanting to be like them.” Jamison decided he wanted to be the kind of person that kids look forward to being with. When he was old enough to be a counselor himself, Jamison became that person. “I couldn’t believe that I was getting paid to play!”
After graduating from Nashua High School and Syracuse University, Jamison’s first job was in Dalton, Georgia, as a reporter. He had to wait tables just to pay his rent, but it gave him his start. Next he was offered a job as a sports reporter in Terre Haute, Indiana, at a local CBS affiliate. He didn’t really want to go to Terre Haute, but the job included health insurance, so he accepted. It turned out to be a fortuitous choice, as he met his wife, Leah, who was playing basketball for Indiana State. Next came Wichita Kansas, and finally, the offer from NESN. “It’s my dream job and the best part is that it’s close to home and my family,” says Coyle. “I get to cover the teams I grew up on – the Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics – and meet the players but I try not to be star-struck. Reporting is my job.”
Coyle admits that reporting on TV can seem glamorous, but he got there by moving to places he didn’t want to go, and by not giving up. He credits his parents with giving him the opportunities to succeed. “They made sure I had what I needed and now I’m happy to be back home.”