LOS ANGELES (March 13, 2018) - Declaring “there is no public education without adult education,” the Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday 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 (DACE).
The roots of DACE stretch back 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.
Its 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. In addition, 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 Interim Superintendent Vivian Ekchian. “Adult education really is a program of second chances.”
Board members said adult education is an essential part of the District.
“We continue to fight to retain services and support for our adult students,” said Board President Mónica García.
“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,” said Board Vice President Nick Melvoin.
“Adult education is a vital component in our communities because it enables our families to acquire valuable skills that lead to career and economic mobility,” said Board Member Dr. George J. McKenna III. “I am pleased to celebrate Adult Education Week as an affirmation of the District’s commitment to lifelong learning.”
“As a strong supporter for the Division of Adult and Career Education, I am glad to sponsor the Celebrating Adult Education Week resolution,” said Board Member Schmerelson. “It is always important to highlight the wonderful work, innovative strategies and support systems that DACE engages in with our administrators, teachers and students. For the past three years, I have been privileged to experience these efforts through the DACE presentations at the annual Los Angeles Regional Adult Education Consortium Conference.”
“California’s adult education is historically rooted in providing opportunities to the disenfranchised,” said Dr. Rodriguez. “Adult schools have helped our nation rise above incredible odds and keep our economy strong in times of relative peace. They continually demonstrate that our neighbors’ well-being is our well-being. Without adult education, public education is incomplete.”
“I believe deeply in the importance of adult education, having seen first-hand what a difference it can make in people’s lives,” said Board Member Kelly Gonez. “I’m proud to be part of a district that continues to provide opportunities for our adult students, and may we continue to be innovative in finding ways to support learners no matter their age.”
“The learning process doesn't end in high school, and for some of our community neighbors, education might begin at one of our Adult Education Centers,” said Dr. Vladovic. “These amazing facilities offer training programs and apprenticeships at a very reasonable cost that can generate well-paying, much-needed jobs such as auto repair, nursing, electricians, graphic designers and so much more. Our Adult Education Division is showing that you don't have to go to a university to have a great career and a great life.”
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