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Coachella Valley Adult School expands services

Posted on 02/01/2016

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In The Desert Sun article on January 4 2015, journalist Francinni Zabata writes that the Coachella Valley Adult School is expanding its adult education in the desert community, thanks to collaboration with the Desert Sands Unified School District.

On Dec. 8, the adult school entered a memorandum of understanding with Desert Sands to provide adult education classes in that district in the areas of English as a Second Language (ESL), General Education Diploma (GED), adult high school diploma completion, and comprehensive support services including child care and counseling. The partnership allows the adult school to offer five new classes at the end of January and hire five new teachers and a counselor.

The adult school leveraged its limited state and federal funding by partnering with County Welfare and Workforce Development programs, dozens of nonprofit organizations and several colleges/ universities and career training programs to help advance the lives of its students. In November, the California Department of Education awarded the Coachella Valley Adult School $457,453 through its Adult Education Block Grant Program to expand and enhance its adult education services. These additional funds are being used to expand and enhance adult education in the east valley including the elimination of educational barriers for students who were unable to attend school because of cost, transportation, or child-care responsibilities. These funds will also be used to establish and enhance career pathways for students seeking employment and opportunities for an increase in wages.

Source: Palm Springs Desert Sun External link opens in new window or tab (accessed January 21, 2016).