The West Contra Costa school district intends to begin the immersion program this fall with three kindergarten classes at the Serra Adult School, at Ralston Ave. Simultaneously, it will immediately move the Serra administrative offices to the Alvarado Adult School campus at Sutter Ave. About 40 Serra teachers and students attended a rally before the West Contra Costa school meeting in Richmond on Wednesday to say they oppose the plan. They say the change will make it less convenient or even impossible for the adult students, most of whom are low-income and non-English speakers, to get the education they need to get jobs and participate in society Most Serra students come from the northern areas of Richmond and from San Pablo, and getting to the Alvarado campus near Interstate 80 west of El Cerrito will be a serious barrier, said Janet Johnson, a former ESL teacher in the district and an advocate for the students. Alegria said she works for a dry cleaning business and needs to improve her English to better interact with customers.
In addition to community colleges, several local school districts run adult schools with a variety of education programs. Here, the formats and subject offerings of three establishments will be discussed. Education Centers and Training Programs Offered mainly through public school and community centers, adult education in and around Concord consists of studies ranging from individual courses to certificate programs. Students of these programs can learn how to cook, improve their computer skills or earn their GED. They can also prepare for such diverse careers as dental assistant, medical office manager, machinist or Web designer.
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Nuria Marquez Martinez on October 6, Every morning at 9 a. A typical Richmond classroom — except for the fact that everyone is speaking in Mandarin. The Chinese Mandarin dual-immersion program, approved by the school board this past February, welcomed its first three student kindergarten classes in August at the Serra School in Richmond. Like the already established Spanish immersion program, students will begin learning the language from day one, with 90 percent of class instruction in Mandarin.
Alarmed advocates for Older Adult programs were assured by legislators that education services for seniors would be funded some other way. Perhaps they should be funded through health services instead. Hey, legislators, seniors vote in high numbers, and a lot voted for you.