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Lucia Mar Adult Education

Classes for immigrants are only part of the story at Lucia Mar Adult Education. We provide educational services to students of all ages–from infants to octogenarians. Our programs include Adult Basic Education, GED Preparation, and High School Diploma classes, as well as the Even Start program for both preschool children and their parents. English learners participate in EL Civics, learning how to actively participate in their communities while they improve their language skills, and students preparing for citizenship are assisted throughout the application/testing/swearing–in process.

Organized around community learning centers, our programs are offered in three centers tied to elementary school campuses: Nipomo Learning Center, Oceano Learning Center, and Grover Beach Learning Center. Our fourth learning center, Bridge Street Learning Center in Arroyo Grande, is the hub of Lucia Mar Adult Education. The center offers GED/HSD, Adult Independent Study, and community interest courses, as well as housing the Adult Education Office and providing a workshop/meeting venue. All centers are equipped with computer networks to facilitate many of our programs through computer–assisted instruction. Classes are offered mornings and evenings

Lucia Mar Adult Education offers a variety of community education courses, from mature driver improvement to computer skills and from community chorus to quilting. In addition, Lucia Mar Adult Education participates in local collaborative efforts to serve the educational needs of the entire community. The program assists with health fairs in Nipomo and Arroyo Grande and the Oceano Winter Festival. Currently Adult Education is cooperating with Project Educate, San Luis Obispo County Library, Altrusa International, and other concerned organizations to reopen a branch library in Oceano.

Although many adult education students have already advanced through college ESL classes, Lucia Mar Adult Education helps them in their initial study of English. One of our strengths is the ability to recognize students' past achievements and help them move forward. Many students come to Lucia Mar Adult Education with high school diplomas, some college, or even college degrees in their country of origin. They are encouraged to present their transcripts of previous studies and establish a plan for earning their U.S. diploma or for preparing for the GED if that better fits their goals and timeline. To ease our students' transition to further education, Lucia Mar Adult Education works closely with the nearby community colleges' Economic Opportunity Programs and Services offices,

Busy schedules often make attendance in the regular Adult Education classes impractical. Students in this situation are referred to our Adult Independent Studies teacher, Carolyn House, to complete the courses they need to graduate. Ms. House meets with students afternoons, evenings, and occasionally on the weekends - whatever it takes to make it possible for the dedicated student to succeed. Sometimes students work through Adult Independent Studies for several years, dropping out when life situations change and returning as soon as they are able, before eventually graduating. The program, though demanding, is designed to keep students moving forward while working at their own pace. Lucia Mar Adult Education students who are issued a diploma, particularly those who take the self–study route, have truly earned it.

Lucia Mar Adult Education gives hiring preference to our own students whenever appropriate. We feel this sends two valuable messages; we respect the skills and life experiences our students bring with them to the classroom; and, we are confident in the quality of the education we offer - confident enough to hire our own graduates.

It is a privilege to help students like Alma; we try to earn that privilege by offering programs that meet the needs of the entire community; preschoolers preparing for kindergarten, traditional high school students in need of a few credits for courses they failed along the way, high school drop–outs, immigrants whether illiterate or college graduate, and older adults who want to learn a new skill or keep up with technology.

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