Schools and Programs
A wide range of adult education opportunities can be found in San Diego. Adult learners can obtain their GED, improve their literacy skills, find out how to become better parents or develop their English speaking and writing abilities. Or, they might wish to tap into their creative potential by taking arts and crafts classes or improve their health by taking fitness courses. Career-minded residents can take advantage of classes designed to prepare them for careers in the medical, business or technological fields.
The table below provides some basic facts about two adult education schools in San Diego:
Schools at a Glance
|School Name||Institution Type||Class Format||Program Level|
|Montgomery Adult Education||Public school district||on-campus, online||less than 1-year|
|San Diego Community College District||Public, 2-year||on-campus, online||Certificates, associates degrees, less than 1-year programs|
Montgomery Adult School's Education Programs
The Montgomery Adult School is part of the Sweetwater Union High School District. The district also runs three other adult schools in the San Diego area. The school provides adult literacy programs, career technical education, English as a second language and parenting classes to residents of the San Diego community. This overview highlights just a few of the many programs available to adult students.
Adult Literacy Program
The adult literacy program provides students with the opportunity to finish their high school education. High school diploma courses prepare individuals to pass the California High School Exit Exam and receive a diploma. Students can also take General Educational Development (GED) courses to earn a high school equivalency certificate.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
Four skill levels are offered to adult students in the ESL program. After being placed in the appropriate level, ESL students learn about civics topics and work on vocabulary, reading, writing and speech skills.
Business and Finance Program
Courses include beginning and intermediate accounting, keyboarding, payroll and QuickBooks. Students learn technical skills specific to careers in these fields.
Health Science and Medical Technology Program
Courses cover such topics as medical terminology and healthcare essentials. Health science training occurs in different areas, including nursing assistant, medical assistant clinical and medical assistant administrative.
Parenting Education Program
The adult education program offers courses and workshops aimed at parents. Adults have the option of taking a parent only class or parent and child class. A multilevel class that focuses on basic parenting skills in areas like health and safety, child development and communication is also offered.
San Diego Community College District's Continuing Education Programs
San Diego Community College offers adult programs through its continuing education division. A number of courses are offered, including GED preparation, ESL programs, food and nutrition, community education, business and computers.
Arts, Crafts and Jewelry Making Classes
A number of classes are offered in jewelry fabrication, woodworking, copper enameling and printmaking. Adults in these classes can learn skills, such as soldiering, sanding and sawing.
Business and Career Development Classes
Classes include professional training, such as becoming a notary public, loan signing agent or child visitation monitor. Other skills development courses include landlord basics, makeup artistry, and horsemanship.
Class offerings range from a computer basics course for adults with little computer experience to training in advanced technologies, such as Linux service administration. Students can also receive training in popular applications like Photoshop, Illustrator and Microsoft Access.
Food and Nutrition Classes
San Diego residents can explore the culinary arts with courses on menu planning, time-saving cooking and baking. Nutritional classes teach adult students about low-fat foods and the nutritional needs of seniors.
Fitness and Exercise Classes
Fitness classes include tennis and yoga. Campuses and recreation centers throughout the San Diego area offer these courses.