Adult Education program receives prestigious accreditation

The Calaveras County Office of Education (CCOE) recently received a highly esteemed honor from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

It was determined by WASC that the Calaveras County Adult Education Program, operated by CCOE, has met all of the necessary requirements to earn accreditation.

The program allows adult learners to receive a high school diploma. If a diploma is earned through CCOE’s Adult Education Program, graduates will then be able to apply directly to a four-year college, enter different branches of the military, and/or have a more prepared start in the workforce. The program is free to the public and offers flexible, individualized programs.

“We are very pleased that WASC acknowledges the quality of our Adult Education program by granting them initial accreditation,” said Scott Nanik, CCOE superintendent. “We are excited about the expanded career and education opportunities this provides to our students.”

The program went through a thorough evaluation before receiving the honor, which included an extensive application, a site visit and a detailed review. The program will be re-evaluated every three years to ensure that it continues to meet the standards of accreditation.

“CCOE’s Adult Education team is dedicated to helping all interested community members earn their high school diplomas and transition to work or to further education,” said Jared Hungerford, Adult Education Program coordinator. “We are honored to receive this recognition of our program quality and this opportunity for continuous program improvement.”  

The program has experienced several drawbacks, such as a reduction in funding experienced by many adult education programs statewide during the last recession. CCOE was able to bring back its Adult Education Program in 2015 when Assembly Bill 86 renewed funds for adult learning.

The current CCOE Adult Education Program was launched in 2016 with 23 adult students, six of whom earned high school diplomas. The program has since experienced much growth, with 91 students currently enrolled, nine of which have already earned a diploma in the current school year. A special education teacher was also added to the program in 2017 to assist adult students with individual education plans.

In addition to diploma programs, the program also offers English as a second language classes in different regional areas for community members. Students of all English language skill levels are welcome to join.

To find out more information regarding adult education, earning a high school diploma or ESL classes, contact Jared Hungerford at jhungerford@ccoe.k12.ca.us, call 736-6046, or visit ccoe.k12.ca.us/adulteducation/.

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