Raucci brings experience to Milford adult education

Rick Raucci is the new Adult Education Program director for the Milford Public Schools

Rick Raucci is the new Adult Education Program director for the Milford Public Schools

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MILFORD — Rick Raucci has always believed that education has no age limits. Now, he’ll get a chance to put that belief into action leading the school system’s Adult Education Program.

“The experiences I’ve gained throughout my career in education, by working with students from many walks of life, has taught me that every student, regardless of age or background, can find success through education,” said Raucci. “Recognizing that success looks different to each person, based on their individual goals, is a belief that we root out practices in as we continue to provide a successful program to the Milford community.”

Raucci, who has spent the past 10 years as an English teacher and reading specialist at Foran High School, replaces long-time program director Lori Hart, who has retired.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Raucci has been the facilitator for the adult program for the past three years. In that role he was responsible for coordinating all the state-mandated programs offered in Milford.

Superintendent Anna Cutaia said she was confident Raucci would continue to expand on the program’s success.

“The knowledge, experience and passion he brings to the position will certainly expand the opportunities we can provide to our community,” Cutaia said. “I am excited about where he will take adult education in the future.”

Raucci has experience on numerous academic projects, including leading students as an advisor for multiple after-school programs over the years. In addition, he developed and piloted an advanced creative writing program, helping students elevate their writing with the ultimate goal of getting published.

Raucci also has experience in mentoring, serving as the leader of the Foran mentoring program, unified sports and the Natural Helpers program. Recently he served as a member of the faculty’s Race, Equity and Social Justice Committee at Foran.

His experience also includes working with students above high school age as an adjunct professor at Norwalk Community College teaching foundational English courses and working with students transitioning from high school to college. And he represented Connecticut teachers as a councilman for the State Advisory Council for Special Education in Hartford.

Raucci said he’s looking forward to the additional responsibilities he will be assuming.

“The primary goal of our Adult Education Program is to ensure that we provide as many educational opportunities as possible for citizens of Milford,” he said. “We will continue to seek out new and creative ways to build on the current offerings of the program and meet the needs of our adult learners.”

Raucci believes providing Milford residents the opportunity to develop skills in general interests and enrichment classes through the program will help strengthen and build up the Milford community.

“I look forward to continuing the collaborative work with our adult education team as we strive to expand and enhance program offerings for our adult learners,” he said.