Joseph Stark Named Executive Director of Adult Education

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Board of Education has voted to approve the appointment of Joseph Stark as executive director of Adult Education for the nation’s second-largest school district.

“Our vision is to increase the profile of Adult Education in the region, focusing on enhancing the quality of programs and strengthening student support such as counseling, individual student plans, and assistance as they make the transition to higher education and work,” Mr. Stark said.

Passionate about this specialty, he began his career 18 years ago in a classroom teaching English as a Second Language at the Venice Community Adult School.

The L.A. Unified Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE) enrolls more than 86,000 adults and secondary students who are in and out of high school. For older students, the most popular programs are learning English, pursuing the equivalent of a high school diploma and career training. Younger students often take courses for credit recovery to graduate from high school on time or within five years, to prepare for college or jobs.

Returning adult students typically focus on earning the equivalent of a high school diploma although job training is also a priority. All students benefit from affordable instruction, conveniently scheduled days and evening classes at locations throughout the District.

Mr. Stark is currently the administrator of the division, the second-highest position. He returned to L.A. Unified two years ago, after serving as the Director of Adult Education for the Burbank Unified School District. He was also one of the original executive team members of the newly formed Los Angeles Regional Adult Education Consortium, and a key author of a regional plan that emphasizes collaboration, rigorous instruction and supportive services for students.

Mr. Stark will report to Chief Academic Officer Frances Gipson, who heads all levels of instruction for L.A. Unified. He will start the new position on July 1. His contract is approved through June 30, 2017.

“As part of the collaboration between Adult Education and the Division of Instruction, students and families will experience a vertically articulated path of support from early education to adult education, Dr. Gipson said. 


Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766



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