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Pasadena Adult School Options with Program Overviews

Education programs for adults can be found at several institutions in and around Pasadena, CA. Courses range from helping students complete high school studies to teaching them career-related skills. Many programs are offered as individual and in some cases non-credit courses, though some do award a certificate of completion.

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There are at least three schools in the Pasadena, CA, area with adult education courses and/or programs. Here, their features will be reviewed.

Schools and Programs

Adult learners living in and near Pasadena, CA, can take advantage of educational opportunities offered through community center and college programs. Some programs, such as high school completion, GED testing and career assistance courses, are offered free of charge. Courses and programs are offered so that students can prepare for or enhance their careers in areas such as business, technology, healthcare, and entrepreneurship. Detailed information about three schools and their programs appears below.

Schools At a Glace

Pasadena City College

  • This Pasadena, CA, school is a 2-year public institution.
  • Classes are available on campus and online.

El Monte-Rosemead Adult School

  • This school is in El Monte, CA and is part of the local high school district.
  • Classes are available on campus and online.

California State University - Los Angeles

  • This school is in Los Angeles, California and is a 4-year, public institution.
  • Classes are available on campus and online.

Pasadena City College Community Education Center's Adult Education Programs

Adult school options at Pasadena City College range from a high school completion course to classes for seniors and budding entrepreneurs. All programs are non-credit. Roughly 5,000 students attend the center each semester.

English as a Second Language and Civics Education Program

The ESL and Civics Education program is the Community Education Center's largest, with five levels of ESL instruction. Courses in American culture, grammar, vocabulary and writing skills augment basic ESL education.

Adult Basic Education Program

Students receive help with reading, writing and mathematics; also addressed are job and life skills with a focus on current technology. The program is open to all adult students, regardless of prior education or literacy level.

High School Outreach Program

This program offers GED preparation courses and an adult high school diploma program. The diploma program covers subjects such as foreign language, history and science.

Entrepreneur Success Program

Students will have the opportunity to learn about small business practices. Non-credit courses are offered in business start-up basics, business plan development and financing.

Short-Term Technical Education Career Program

This program provides adults with skills for immediate employment. Certificates of completion are available in several areas including apparel and drapery construction, printing and photocopy technology, and business office systems.

El Monte-Rosemead Adult School's Adult Education Programs

El Monte-Rosemead Adult School, located 12 miles southeast of Pasadena, CA, offers high school completion courses and vocational skills programs. Some community-based courses may require a small fee. Certificates are awarded in several areas.

Adult Secondary Education Courses

Courses are offered in all high school subjects and prepare adult students to obtain a high school diploma. The curriculum includes biological and physical sciences, mathematics, English, foreign languages and U.S. government.

Business and Finance Courses

Students may choose from a wide variety of areas, including accounting, business English, keyboarding and filing. Classes are also offered to prepare students for specific jobs, such as administrative assistant or general office clerk.

Computer and Technology Courses

Classes are offered in Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, HTML5 and Dreamweaver web page design and other areas. Instruction is hands-on and available to those with or without prior experience.

GED Preparation and Testing Courses

Courses utilizing teacher assistance and computer software are offered to adults age 18 and over who are not enrolled in a high school. Subjects include reading, writing, social studies, science and mathematics.

Medical Occupations Courses

Academic and career-focused courses are offered on a rotating basis. Medical coding, licensed vocational nursing and nurse assistant courses prepare students to sit for certification exams required for entry-level employment.

California State University - Los Angeles' Adult Education Programs

California State University - Los Angeles' College of Professional and Global Education offers degree and certificate programs, English language programs, stand-alone open university courses for personal interest and professional training programs for non-traditional and adult students.

Registered Behavior Technician Training

This online program is 40 hours long and is designed to help students prepare for credentialing from the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). Students learn principles of human applied behavior analysis and the role of behavior technicians.

Project Management Certificate

This program helps students develop the organizational and leadership skills required for project development. Students participate in lectures and hands-on exercises. They can also use this training to prepare for professional certification exams offered by the Project Management Institute.

Paralegal Studies Certificate

Students in this program build the skills necessary to interview clients, draft legal documents and perform research as paralegals. There are three tracks available in litigation, corporate law and legal technology.

California State University - Los Angeles, El Monte-Rosemead Adult School and Pasadena City College are all options for those interested in adult education in the Pasadena, CA, area. They may have access to courses or certificate programs in a number of subjects.

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