Options to finish their education and learn new, in-demand job skills are significantly expanding for Eastern Plumas and Sierra County residents.
“Sierra County now has its own adult education school and we’ve just graduated a class of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) students,” announced Wendy Jackson with the Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District in Loyalton. “We have a lot of new things going on that we’d like to let people know about.”
Jackson is the adult education coordinator for Sierra County and she oversees online and in-person classes and programs at four locations, in Downieville, Loyalton, Pike-Alleghany and the Old Sierraville School.
Megatronics job training
This fall, the program will offer “megatronics,” a combined electronics and robotics training where students will learn about making specialized tools for the field. It has a coding component, too, Jackson said.
“We’re trying to partner with Sierra College and the information technology industry,” she explained.
In addition to guidance with earning high school diplomas or GEDs, the program also offers adult basic education, job-skills readiness training and help transitioning to college.
Other courses include:
– English as a Second Language
– Conversational Spanish
– American Sign Language
– Career Technical Education
– Google Suite Certification
– EMT and Fire Training
– Culinary Arts
– Basic Computers.
Focus on employability
Sierra County’s Adult Education School is dedicated to supporting all students so they can succeed academically.
More than 20 student-clients are currently enrolled in the program that works to meet every adult learner “where they are on their life’s journey and to assist them with attaining their goals of higher learning and employability skills,” according to Jackson.
She said the program supports and encourages adult students in a safe and comfortable learning environment, equipping them with the skills and tools to be successful in the current job market.
The Sierra County program is also pursuing accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges so that credits issued can be transferable internationally. Students would also be eligible to apply for financial aide and the school would be able to offer classes approved only for accredited institutions.
Goals and help for students
The adult education school’s primary goals are to:
– Develop and strengthen adult basic skills to complete a high school diploma or equivalent.
– Help students use relevant skills to resolve real-world problems that adults experience in their daily lives.
– Provide opportunities to obtain short- and long-term job skill certifications that lead directly to new employment or advancement with their current employer.
– Partner with local and regional workforce accountability boards to strengthen employment placement or advancement within current careers.
“I’m super excited because our adult education program is starting to take off and the community is embracing it,” Jackson said.
Currently, there are no course fees (excluding EMT classes) and more courses are planned soon.
Sierra County adult ed locations
Old Sierraville School (main site)
On Highway 89 in Sierraville,
about 25 miles north of Truckee
Downieville School (satellite site)
130 School St.
Loyalton (satellite site)
109 Beckwith Road
Pike-Allegheny (satellite site)
Old Pliocene School
Co-located with the Firm Foundation Academy, Inc.
1999 Ridge Road on Highway 89
For more information, contact: Wendy Jackson
Adult Education Coordinator
Sierra County Office of Education
Unified School District