The South Bay Adult Education Consortium was formed in response to Assembly Bill 86 (AB86) which provides one-time funding to redesign the delivery of adult education in California. The Legislature has committed funds to regional consortia of K-12 school districts and community college districts to develop plans for expanding and improving adult education services. By creating linkages between the educational systems, AB86 provided the opportunity for developing the statewide collaboration and regional approach needed to better serve the educational needs of adults. Since AB86, Assembly Bill 104 provided funding to adult education consortiums in order to implement their AB86 plans. For more information, please visit: http://aebg.cccco.edu/.
The South Bay Adult Education Consortium consists of:
Centinela Valley Union High School District
Centinela Valley Union High School District is located in Lawndale, California, approximately 20 miles southwest of Los Angeles. The district’s three comprehensive high schools, continuation school, and independent study school serves over 6,500 students in grades 9-12. The district serves four feeder districts: Hawthorne Elementary, Lawndale Elementary, Lennox Elementary, and Wiseburn Elementary. The Centinela Adult Education program currently works with concurrently enrolled students, the parents of Hawthorne and Lawndale Elementary Districts, and St. Margaret’s Catholic Charities.
El Camino Community College District
El Camino College, founded in 1947, is located in Torrance, California. The district’s service area encompasses 5 unified school districts, 12 elementary school districts, and includes 9 cities (including El Segundo, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lennox, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and Torrance) – all serving a population of nearly 2.5 million people. The college enrolls more than 25,000 students each semester and boasts a curriculum of over 850 highly regarded academic and career programs taught by an exceptional faculty. El Camino is one of the larger comprehensive 2-year community colleges in California, offering academic and vocational educational programs to a diverse student population.
Inglewood Unified School District
The Inglewood Career Technical Education, Adult Education, Alternative Education School, as part of the Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD), has been serving their local community since 1955. The mission of IUSD is to foster all students into thoughtful, literate adults, possessing the academic, social and technical skills necessary to think critically, solve problems, and successfully pursue academic and career goals, becoming effective, responsible citizens and life-long learners. Current offerings include GED preparation courses at the Adult School facility, and multilevel English as a Second Language (ESL) courses day and evening classes which are offered at various locations.
Redondo Beach Unified School District
Serving over 8,000 students, the Redondo Beach Unified School District (RBUSD) consists of eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, one continuation school, and one adult school. The South Bay Adult School has been part of the Redondo Beach community since 1918 and offers a wide variety of classes for adults wishing to extend their learning. RBUSD is dedicated to providing every student the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a global society, today and in the future. Current class offerings at South Bay Adult School include English as a Second Language, Career Technical training, High School Diploma courses, and Adult Basic Education classes.
Southern California Regional Occupational Center
The Southern California Regional Occupational Center (So Cal ROC), founded in 1967, is located in Torrance, California. So Cal ROC is a public school that serves adults and high school students throughout the South Bay. The SoCal ROC offers over 90 career technical education classes within the School of Health Sciences, School of Art and Design, School of Engineering and Design, School of Business and Finance and School of Public and Consumer Services. Instructors are all fully credentialed and teach a curriculum that is reviewed by industry experts. Classes are offered to meet the needs of the individual: those seeking to upgrade or learn a new skill set; those exploring career options; those preparing to enter the job market for the first time; and those working on their career postsecondary pathway. Students successfully completing SoCal ROC classes earn industry-recognized certificates. Additionally, many SoCal ROC classes prepare students for related state and/or national certifications.
Torrance Unified School District
Torrance Unified School District (TUSD) encompasses 30 schools ranging from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, serving nearly 23,000 students. TUSD has an exceptional teaching staff and maintains some of the highest student test scores in the South Bay. Torrance Adult School (TAS), also under the direction of the TUSD, has three sites, which brings the district total to 33 schools. TAS serves over 8,000 students each year and offers short term career pathways including Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assistant and Medical Billing and Coding, along with a range of English as a Second Language and Citizenship classes.