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Welcome to Adult Education

The El Dorado County Office of Education is pleased to offer courses for adults to meet their various educational needs. Founded in March, 2006 the program continues to expand and grow by addressing the needs in our county. The program offers classes from El Dorado Hills to Lake Tahoe. All of the courses currently offered by the El Dorado County Office of Education, Adult Education Program are free of charge and are funded by state apportionment. The courses are open to any person 18 years of age or older.

Adult Education on pace to Open!

El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) Adult Education is making the transition back to in-person instruction. Adult Education serves adults all over El Dorado County from their offices in Placerville and Lake Tahoe in addition to assisting learners in the county jails and through the Northern California Construction Training (NCCT) program. 

“We are ready to be back in the classroom,” notes Program Director Gary Sutherland, “Our incredibly supportive staff has been willing to do what it takes to bring our students back.”

Adult Education instructors have been working throughout the summer implementing distance learning with students but with in-class instruction, more adult learners will receive the assistance they need to achieve their educational goals. Safety measures such as masks, social distancing, and increased classroom cleanings have allowed all Adult Education sites to reopen effective October 5. 

In addition to Adult Education sites in Placerville and South Lake Tahoe, EDCOE has also reopened the NCCT program in the town El Dorado. The NCCT helps prepare men and women for entry into various construction trades through apprenticeship training programs. The NCCT program, which opened two years ago, provides test preparation such as math basics and how to read blueprints as well as hands-on building experience under the supervision of a journeyman carpenter.

While the NCCT program itself is an unpaid experience, students are enrolled in the program anywhere from two weeks to six months, depending on experience. Upon completion, students have the opportunity to join the construction trades apprenticeship training program of his/her choosing, with wages that start at over $20 per hour, depending on the trade and benefits.

“This is a program that has no prerequisites and students walk out with a living wage, including benefits and a retirement plan to support their family,” said NCCT instructor Chris Pearson. 

EDCOE’s Adult Education programs prepare and empower students to achieve their educational, career, and personal goals - whether it is earning a high school diploma, a high school equivalency certificate (GED), or passing one of the hundreds of industry-approved certification programs at our Pearson Vue Testing Center.

 



Adult Education Graduate honored in Capital Adult Education Regional Consortium Community Newsletter

Congratulations to Tracy Fanara, whose graduation speech was featured in the Capital Adult Education Regional Consortium Newsletter in August. We at Adult Ed are incredibly proud of your achievements and determination. Read Tracy's speech here.

 


Adult Education Grad, continues Education Journey through NCCT

Starla Steward, an El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) Adult Education graduate, is continuing her journey with EDCOE through the Northern California Construction Training (NCCT) program. 

The NCCT is a building trade’s pre-apprenticeship training program that helps prepare men and women for entry into various construction trades apprenticeship training programs. The El Dorado County NCCT program, which opened this Summer, provides test preparation such as math basics and how to read blueprints as well as hands-on building experience.

Starla, recognizing the opportunity that Adult Education and the NCCT program were providing, challenged herself to be part of the program as she is currently is the only woman in her class. 

“I have three kids, 12-. 13-. and 15-years old.” Steward said, “It’s really important not only that I have a way to provide for them but that they see what learning and hard work can do for you.

“Our Adult Education programs prepare and empower our students to achieve their educational, career, and personal goals - whether it is earning a high school diploma, a high school equivalency certificate (GED), or passing one of the hundreds of industry-approved certification programs at our Pearson Vue Testing Center,” notes Principal Gary Sutherland.

Steward’s days start when she arrives on the NCCT campus, located at 6187 Pleasant Valley Road, in the town of El Dorado, in full uniform, including boots, tool belt, and tools. Steward and her cohorts then spend some time in class preparing for a competency exam. Sometimes the class is held outside to also prepare students for the outdoor elements they will experience on the job.  Next, Steward and her classmates spend time on a variety of hands-on building projects for the community. They are currently working on planter boxes for the on-site community garden.  

Acknowledging the positive impact the NCCT program has had on the community, Raley’s grocery stores and the Sacramento King’s have agreed to donate funds for the beautification of the NCCT program campus.

While the NCCT program itself is an unpaid experience,  Starla and other students upon completion have the opportunity to join the construction trades apprenticeship training program of his/her choosing, with wages that start anywhere from $14.00 to $23.00 per hour.

Steward says that it is worth it. “It’s hard being in school five days a week, especially with kids, but even though you struggle, you need to put one foot in front of the other. Everyone I know who has done this program is successfully employed. Knowing that and that I need to provide for my family, keeps me going.”

 

Starla Steward continues her journey with EDCOE through the Northern California Construction Training (NCCT) program.