Schools and Programs
Adult-level studies in San Bernardino range from occupational training programs to academic and recreational courses for the community, as well as English language and high school completion classes. Career training programs are offered in areas of education, business, computer technology, nursing, and transportation.
Programs designed to train adults for trade careers, such as mason or welder, are also available. Some studies prepare students to pursue professional certification in their field. Due to the hands-on nature of many of these training programs, online options may not be available. Two institutions providing adult education programs are highlighted below.
Schools At a Glance
|School||Institution Type||Class Format||Program Levels|
|Inland Career Education Center||Adult school||On-campus||Diploma/GED, certificate, apprenticeship, standalone courses|
|San Bernardino Valley College||Community college||On-campus, online, hybrid||GED, certificate, associate's degree|
Inland Career Education Center's Adult Education Programs
The Inland Career Education Center has served the community with recreational, educational and vocational programs since 1920. In addition to general adult education programs, the school offers classes for adults with special needs, older adults and parents. The following are examples of the academic and job-oriented classes available at the Center.
High School Completion and GED Preparation Programs
Based on initial assessments, adult students are placed in either pre-GED classes or GED preparation classes, which are available days and evenings. Day, evening and weekend courses are also available, which help adults to earn the required credits and pass the state exit exam to gain a high school diploma.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs
Seven levels of award-winning ESL classes are offered days and evenings at Inland Career Education Center, including beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. ESL students have access to GED preparation courses, counseling and scholarship opportunities, among other adult school enrollment benefits.
Business Office and Computer Programs
Several job-entry program options are available in this category, including data information clerk, webpage design, accounting clerk, office assistant and receptionist. All of these job programs require adult students to take courses in Microsoft Word software, business communications and office skills.
Medical Education Program
Those interested in seeking entry-level healthcare jobs have several program options, including basic medical academics, medical assistant, certified nursing assistant (CNA) and licensed vocational nurse (VN). The 19-month VN option is available to current CNAs, EMTs or medical assistants.
Industrial and Apprenticeship Programs
Apprenticeships offered by the Education Center may vary based on availability. Currently, a barber apprenticeship is offered. In addition, a certificate program is offered for custodial services, and beginning through advanced welding courses are available.
San Bernardino Valley College's Adult Education Programs
Adult students can find a broad array of academic support and vocational classes at this community college, which serves nearly 13,000 students annually. Numerous classes are offered through the evening and weekend college, making earning a degree accessible to adults who work days; the online college also addresses the scheduling needs of busy adult students. The following departments are representative of the certificate and associate degree programs offered by San Bernardino Valley College to prepare adults for entry-level jobs.
The nursing department offers an Associate of Science in Nursing program, as well as an LVN to RN program. This latter program allows licensed vocational nurses who meet program prerequisites to become registered nurses in three semesters.
Pharmacy Technology Certificate Program
Pharmacy technology certificate and associate degree options are designed to prepare graduates for professional certification exams. Core courses include pharmacology, pharmacy systems and clinical experience.
The transportation division at San Bernardino Valley College offers one program in diesel truck technology. Students work primarily with heavy duty trucks, although medium duty technology may be covered. They will be prepared to work with the mechanical and electrical components of the vehicles.
Welding Technology Programs
An associate degree is available in general welding, covering different types of welding as well as the basics of inspecting welds. Additionally, specialized certificate programs in shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and welding inspection technology are available for students wanting to advance their skills.
Child Development Programs
The child development department offers a broad range of certificate programs, as well as three associate degree programs. Some certificate programs include infant development, master teacher and site supervisor. The degrees are offered in child development, early childhood education and early intervention.