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Practices with Promise Success Story

Submitted By: Janet Miller, Saddleback College Adult Education

Leveraging Of Resources:

  • Type of Practice: Partnerships & Collaboration
  • Targeted Population: English Language Learners, High School Equivalency Students, Teachers, Faculty and Staff, Citizenship Students
  • Program Area(s): Adult Basic & Secondary Education, English as a Second Language & Citizenship
  • Consortia Involved:
    South Bay Adult Education Consortium/Southwestern: Capistrano Unified School District, Irvine Unified School District, Laguna Beach Unified School District, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, South Orange County Community College District, Tustin Unified School District

The Challenge

Adult Education courses at Saddleback College are delivered at off-campus locations, which could require significant facility, equipment, and technology expenditures.

The Solution

Throughout the process of transitioning adult learning from our partner K-12 districts in South Orange County, we have been privileged to transition instructors, office personnel, and even building and maintenance staff. These people are among our greatest resources. In addition, our partner districts share facility resources, including classrooms, technology, and support services like copy machines, designated faculty areas, mailboxes, and more.


Building improvements and additional signage promoting the new presence of Saddleback College have been made at the newly named CUSD College And Career Center and Capistrano Adult School, in San Juan Capistrano, and at Silverado High School in Mission Viejo. Other community facility resources have been offered by Iglesia Park Community Center in Aliso Viejo, and Laguna Woods Village, in nearby Laguna Woods.

The Data

Our Adult Education program continues to expand, both in attendance and in the number of Adult English as a Second Language, AESL Citizenship, and High School Equivalency preparation courses offered. In Summer 2016, we will extend Adult Education courses to six elementary school sites provided by our partner districts, bringing Adult Education to the communities where it is most needed.

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