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 Student:
Please see the following press release that was sent out to our community last night from Dr. Manansala, our County Superintendent of Schools, and our School District Superintendents, detailing the extension of school facilities closures in El Dorado County through the remainder of the school year. This follows guidance earlier from Governor Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.
We ask for patience and understanding as we are all quickly transitioning into a new way of teaching and learning to meet the health and safety impacts of COVID-19.
While we recognize this extension of school facility closures poses challenges and hardship to many families in El Dorado County, the most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of this pandemic is by continuing to implement social distancing practices. We are grateful to community members throughout El Dorado County for their tremendous prevention efforts during this unique and challenging time.
The full closure extension order press release can be read on the El Dorado Office of Education website: http://edcoe.org/
Gary Sutherland, Principal
Charter Adult Education Programs
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.
Starla Stewart, an inmate of Placerville Jail, recently celebrated a significant step in her rehabilitation by earning her high school diploma. Stewart credits her accomplishment to her family who motivated her and to her teacher, Ms. Urbani, who offered her encouragement and support.
“I have been working very hard to change my life and wanted to set a positive example for my boys, ages 14 and 11 years old.” Stewart is one of the many inmates to take advantage of the Adult Education Program at the Placerville Jail, which is operated by the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE). I know that earning my high school diploma will assist me in supporting myself, as well as my two growing boys,” stated Stewart after her recognition ceremony. Approximately 20% of the inmate population receive individualized instruction to earn a high school diploma, a GED certificate, or enroll in online Short-term Career Technical Education Certification and college-level classes.
In addition to serving the population of Placerville Jail, EDCOE provides many Adult Education programs throughout the county. Once enrolled in Charter’s Adult Education programs, students are able to pursue an education tailored to meet their unique needs, including a high school diploma, GED, and ESL classes.
More information about Charter’s Adult Education programs can be found at http://aded.edcoe.org, or (530) 295-2291.
Charter Adult Education student graduates with her high school diploma.