Academy of Hope’s Chief Executive Officer, Lecester Johnson, is the recipient of the 2015 Amtrak Pioneer Award, conferred by Amtrak and the Washington Wizards to honor African Americans in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area who have made outstanding contributions to their community.
Academy of Hope will be a presenter at the Commission on Adult Basic Education Conference, April 21-24. The session “Program Implementation: Using Yearlong Strategies to Approach GED 2014 Skills” will be lead by Instructional Director, Daquanna Harrison.
PBS NewsHour aired a segment on January 6, 2015 discussing the challenges of the new GED. Academy of Hope's Chief Executive Officer, Lecester Johnson was a guest on the show.
WAMU's Kavitha Cardoza aired a piece on October 20, 2014 on "How D.C. Became a Leader in Adult Charter Schools," featuring Academy of Hope's Chief Executive Officer, Lecester Johnson.
Washington Post columnist, Mr. Robert McCartney, visited Academy of Hope and talked to staff, teachers and students regarding the GED test and the implications of its recent overhaul. Read his column "Changes in GED test make it harder for adults to get high school credential needed for jobs", published in hardcopy on March 30, 2014.