The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education recently passed a resolution designating April 8-14 as Adult Education Week.
Co-sponsored by board members Scott M. Schmerelson, Dr. Ref Rodriguez and Dr. Richard Vladovic, the resolution notes the growth and popularity of the Division of Adult and Career Education.
The adult education division dates to 1887, when the fledgling district began offering English-language and citizenship classes. The division now oversees one of the most robust adult-learner programs in the nation, with more than 70,000 students annually served by six regional occupation centers, three skills centers and two community adult schools.
The division’s Career Technical Education program encompasses 15 industry sectors and 28 career pathways, including fashion and graphic arts, plumbing and refrigeration, and medical technology and real estate. DACE also provides opportunities for adults to learn English, build foundational skills in reading, writing and math, and acquire the knowledge to become naturalized citizens. Additionally, it oversees the nation’s largest high school equivalency testing program.
“These programs provide opportunities for our adult learners to complete their education or acquire new skills that can change their lives and those of their families,” said LAUSD interim Superintendent Vivian Ekchian. “Adult education really is a program of second chances.”
“I am proud to not only celebrate adult education, but also to support it by making sure that all our learners have access to the type of educational opportunities that will lead to post-secondary success at any age,” added board Vice President Nick Melvoin.
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