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Adult Schools in Southern California

Many educational institutions throughout California, including colleges and public school districts in the southern part of the state, provide programming aimed at adult students. Programs focus on career development as well as personal enrichment topics. Individual courses and certificate programs are offered.

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Schools and Programs

Adult learners in Southern California can prepare for a career, enhance professional skills, satisfy adult basic education requirements or develop a personal interest through studies at several institutions in this area. Vocational career training programs are designed to help students obtain entry-level positions in a variety of areas, including welding, nurse or dental assisting, carpentry, web design and medical technology. Many career-oriented programs offer hands-on training through field experiences in professional settings. Students can also improve their fitness or indulge their love of painting, writing, gardening or cooking. Some programs are designed specifically for older adults. Most programs last for several sessions or longer. Read below for more details about two institutions located in Southern California that provide adult education programs.


Los Angeles Unified School District's Adult Programs

The Division of Adult and Career Education at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) provides adult basic education, English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, parenting education, career development and a variety of personal development classes for adults. Classes are held at community education schools and other institutions throughout the district.

Industrial Career Programs

Industrial career training programs are offered in 29 areas, including carpentry, computer repair, computer-aided design, school bus driving and welding. These adult programs combine academic coursework with hands-on training.

Health Career Programs

LAUSD also offers adult programs that span health careers, such as vocational nursing, nurse assisting, X-ray technology, emergency medical technology and dental assisting. Most programs take less than one year to complete and are state approved; many lead to either state or national licensure or certification as well.

Adult Basic Education Programs

Adult basic education programs are available in literacy that cover basic reading, writing, and math skills through the ninth grade level. Adult students are prepared for high school diploma or general educational development (GED) programs.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs

Adults with little or no English proficiency can acquire English language communications skills through the ESL courses. These programs cover listening, speaking, reading and writing at different skill levels.

Programs for Older Adults

The LAUSD also offers a number of programs aimed at adults over the age of 60. These courses focus on topics such as physical and mental fitness, understanding public services and entrepreneurial opportunities. A number of artistic and creative courses are also offered.

Contact Information

  • Address: 333 S. Beaudry Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90017
  • Phone Number: (213) 241-3150

Santa Barbara City College's Adult Programs

The continuing education division at Santa Barbara City College is locally know as 'Adult Ed.' The division offers over 500 courses each year aimed at promoting lifelong learning. In addition to adult basic education, GED and ESL programs, a number of courses are offered in areas such as wellness, home and garden, the arts and business.

Drawing and Painting Courses

Courses are offered in drawing, oil painting, acrylics and mixed media. Many courses are aimed at novice artists, while others are geared towards those with advanced artistic abilities. An open studio class provides students with room to create.

Business Courses

Santa Barbara City College also offers business courses geared towards professional seeking skills enhancement. Courses are offered in organization, selling, marketing and entrepreneurship.

Computer Courses

The adult education division also offers computer classes targeted towards adults. The computer courses range from basic introductory skills classes on common applications, such as Microsoft Word and Excel, to advanced digital graphics and web design courses.

Fitness and Wellness Courses

Fitness courses include aquatic exercise, recreational dancing, yoga and senior adult exercise. Other health classes cover topics such as holistic medicine, digestive health and driver safety.

Home and Garden Courses

A variety of culinary arts courses are offered through the adult education department, including cake decorating and regional cuisine cooking. Genealogy, woodworking and gardening classes are also available.

Contact Information

  • Address: 721 Cliff Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93109
  • Phone Number: (805) 965-0581
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