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Palo Alto Adult School

Palo Alto Adult School is committed to excellence in providing a broad range of accessible and flexible educational programs that meet the diverse lifelong learning needs of our community. Founded in 1921, Palo Alto Adult School serves nearly 8,000 students each year. English as a Second Language is our largest program offering morning, afternoon and evening classes to help community members learn English and gain access to their community. Our parent education program provides students with a choice of two parent participation preschools in addition to lectures and programs to help parents assist their children in being successful students. Vocational training is becoming a larger part of the school. In addition to an F.A.A. approved Aircraft Maintenance Technician School, we offer Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician and Phlebotomy training. In collaboration with the senior center, our senior instructors have turned hundreds of seniors on…to the computer!

Our community education program offers adults a great variety of enrichment opportunities. Art, computer skills, cooking, foreign languages, health and fitness, home improvement, photography, woodworking, writing music and personal improvement classes present our community with many choices.

The Aircraft Maintenance Technician School which Marie Henry attended and taught in was founded during World War II. Legend has it that Rosie the Riveter was modeled after one of our students. Three classes are taught five days a week from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Ours is one of the few evening program. It is organized to let students enter at varying times and complete the program at their own pace. The current instructors also work for United Airlines, NASA, and a few small Bay Area airports. Students are required to spend a specific number of hours studying and working on airplanes. At the end of the program they receive certificates allowing them to take the exams to obtain Airframe and/or Powerplant licenses from the FAA. Currently our students go to work for United Airlines or for small airports. Some students are pilots who want authorization to do their own repairs.

In 2005 Palo Alto Adult School was again awarded a six-year WASC accreditation. Our goal for the next six years is to help our students define and achieve their goals.

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