Adult Education in the Bay Area: School and Course Info

Adult students in the San Francisco Bay Area have a wide variety of education options. Community colleges, universities and adult education centers provide a number of programs. Read on to learn more.

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San Francisco, the City by the Bay, offers several schools that have adult education or continuing education programs. The three schools highlighted here give several differing options for students.

Schools and Programs

Community colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay Area offer continuing education programs and courses aimed at adult students. A number of adult education centers, including adult schools run by local school districts, provide opportunities for career training, basic education and personal development. Schools may have multiple campuses available. Some programs may provide students with a certificate or prepare students for certification exams. Three schools and some of their programs are provided below.

Schools At a Glance

San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning

  • San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning is a public college.
  • SFSU offers classes on-campus, and online with certificate and associate's degree plans.

Hayward Center

  • Hayward is an adult school with on-site and online Ed2Go programs.
  • The school offers high school diplomas and/or GED preparation classes.

City College of San Francisco Continuing Education

  • CCSF has a continuing education program with a variety of diverse non-credit classes.
  • All of the continuing education classes on-site and online are fee based.

San Francisco State University (SFSU) College of Extended Learning

The purpose of the College of Extended Learning at SFSU is to provide adult continuing education opportunities aimed at career advancement, career change or personal growth. A number of career certificate programs are offered in addition to individual classes, seminars, workshops or course series. Courses are held at two locations in the Bay Area.

Project Management Certificate Program

SFSU is a Registered Education Provider with the Project Management Institute (PMI). Students who complete this program are eligible to take the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam. Coursework covers project planning, quality management, project estimating and human resources.

Multimedia Studies Certificate Program

Students can choose from certificate programs in web and print design, digital graphics, video & audio post-production and mobile application design. Courses can be selected based on individual areas of interest. Many courses are offered online. Topics of interest include typography, graphic design, storyboarding and Adobe Photoshop operation.

Medical Billing and Coding Programs

Students learn to troubleshoot billing issues, file claims, complete insurance forms, appeal denied claims and streamline billing procedures. Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for the American Academy of Professional Coders Certified Professional Coder exam and the American Health Information Association Certified Coding Associate exam.

Pharmacy Technician Program

This 50-hour course covers medical terminology, drug generic and brand names, dosage calculations, IV flow rates, dose conversion, prescription dispensing and inventory control. Graduates are eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam.

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Hayward Center for Education and Careers

Located just east of the San Francisco Bay, the Hayward Center provides adult basic education, English as a second language (ESL) programs, parent education, apprenticeship programs and workforce development opportunities. The school is operated by the Hayward Unified School District.

Bricklaying Apprenticeship Program

Students may apply for this apprenticeship program which is operated by a joint committee of union representatives, local contractors and consultants from the Division of Apprenticeship Standards. Apprentices receive pay at 40% of the current journeyman rate during the program.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

ESL classes are designed for non-English speaking adults. Students improve public communication skills. A citizenship class is also offered. ESL students can take morning or evening courses.

General Educational Development (GED) and Adult Basic Education Classes

Classes are offered in adult basic education and in preparation for the GED exam. Students work on reading, writing or math skills. Adult students can also complete requirements for a high school diploma.

City College of San Francisco Continuing Education

The City College of San Francisco has over 70,000 students working on their education at its main Ocean Campus and eight other smaller centers. The school is awaiting approval of the Free City College Program for Fall 2017, while offering four certificate programs online in continuing education, as well as the online Ed2Go non-credit programs.

Computer Skills for the Workplace

Through Ed2Go this non-credit course offers adults an online computer class for a flat fee. This course give students real world experience in working computers and basic programs prevalent in job markets.

Commercial Food Equipment Service Technician

Online Certificate Classes at City College of San Francisco's Continuing Education offers a certificate program in commercial food equipment service technician. This training program has two e-learning courses: An Introduction to the Foodservice Industry and Basic Technician Training in Electricity, Gas and Steam.

Administration of Justice and Fire Science

CCSF Career and Technical Education has almost 30 departments including a program in Administration of Justice and Fire Science. Certificates are offered in Administration of Justice, Firefighter 1 Academy, Fire Officer, Fire Protection, and Forensic Identification.

The San Francisco Bay area houses a haven of educational facilities including adult and continuing education. Most of these institutions offer online classes as well as a large number of on-site campuses scattered throughout the city.

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