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Wednesday, 27 July 2011 15:14

 

By Paula Evans
SPECIAL TO THE FORUM

 

As the school year wraps up, I am compelled to reflect on the year’s challenges and our celebrations.

Jerry Green, Director of Castro Valley Adult and Career Education, recently reported at the Castro Valley School Board meeting that the adult school last year  provided educational services to  7,495 students in and around our community, a close-knit region the adult school has served for the past 45 years.

 

That is an impressive number in light of what the news media has been reporting on the dismantling of many California Adult School programs by local school districts.

 

The strength and effectiveness of the instructional programs offered through Castro Valley Adult and Career Education is due in large part to the support from the Board of Education and the district administration under the leadership of Superintendent Jim Negri, Adult Director Jerry Green and Assistant Principal Judy Gestring who continue to implement their vision of providing high quality instructional programs to a diverse population of community members.

 

Most importantly, this success is due to a dedicated staff of instructors and support staff who are passionate about what they teach, the services they offer and the difference they make in the lives of students.

 

Budget cuts, the economic downturn and ongoing uncertainties about the future are still challenges the adult school and district faces. Through careful fiscal management, restructuring of courses and fees, Castro Valley Adult’s core programs are intact and gaining strength, particularly in the areas of Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education and Career Training.

 

With a strong emphasis from the State Department of Education on literacy and career training, CV Adult recently developed an innovative ABE (Adult Basic Education) program to serve the increasing amount of adults who are returning to school after job loss.

A significant number of these adults need basic skills instruction leading to GED or high school diploma completion.

 

Students meet on a weekly basis with caring instructors in a computer lab equipped with resources to aid their progress in reading, writing, and math. Once basic skills have been strengthened, students matriculate into the Adult Secondary Education program to study high school subjects.

 

For more info on the programs and services offered, contact Castro Valley Adult and Career Education, 510-886-1000, visit us in person at 4430 Alma Avenue, Castro Valley, on our website www.cvadult.org or on Facebook.


 

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