EduCAtion Planning Meeting was held Wednesday night, March 13th at Golden West in downtown Loyalton with 35 tasty tri-tip dinners served.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Merrill Grant gave a slide show presentation and introduced Coordinator Wendy Jackson who has been on the job a month, “off to a good start.” School Board President Mike Moore and newest Board member Andy Genasci were introduced as was Sierra County Supervisor Jim Beard. Dr. Grant was “stoked and excited,” over the adult education with money brought on line and funding a modular. He talked of local control and keeping it within the County office to better represent the stakeholders and citizens with local decisions, being very specific to needs.
Attendees were encouraged to fill out post-it notes on what they’d like to see offered, how they’d use the program and to identify issues or problems.
Jackson identified program areas on what they can do from basic academic skills: English as a Second Language, older adults, assisting elementary and secondary school children and helping parents learn skills, adults with disabilities, career technical education and pre-apprenticeship, working with employers to improve skills and to promote from within.
Giving real life examples included Dave Roberti and how programs are certificated and the cost savings to employers.
Jolene Regan, a financial advisor and mortage loan officer out of Eldorado County handed out information on “Financial Freedom” with courses on Finance 101, Credit Repair 101 and Home Ownership 101.
Marty Creel, EMT and fire fighter with the Downieville Fire Department, gave examples of EMT classes and being able to take the national registry class and how it can lead to work in fire service.
Health and Human Services Supervisor Vickie Clark talked of a “classroom on wheels,” hoping for centralized locations and help with transportation and noting “child care can be a barrier.”
Val Bourque with Business and Career Network out of Quincy told of teaching resumes and working with all partners. She said there were a number of programs to help small businesses.- Cont. next column Brian Devlin works as facilities maintenance at the elementary school and talked of an introduction of wiring and a common sense approach to electronics and his hope of getting a curriculum.
Local bookkeeper, Kelly Norton talked in favor of life skills, credit and finance, basic tax return, that people are not taught.
Victoria Fisher had a concern over classes held on campus and was told they cannot vet someone for adult education. Dr. Grant stressed they would do their due diligence and many school districts do adult education this way.
Wendy and Dr. Grant are to decide on classes and create a catalog from which to sign up. Classes will be free to the community depending on the type of course.