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Practices with Promise Success Story

Submitted By: April Mazon, Imperial County Office of Education

Imperial County Adult Education Employability Skills Support Services

  • Type of Practice: Supportive Services
  • Targeted Population: Adult Basic Education Students, Adult Secondary Education Students, CTE Student, English Language Learners, High School Diploma Students, High School Equivalency Students, Returning Students, Citizenship Students, Other: Correctional Education Students
  • Program Area(s): Adult Basic & Secondary Education, Adults with Disabilities, Apprenticeship, English as a Second Language & Citizenship , Career Technical Education
  • Consortia Involved:
    Imperial County Adult Education Consortium: Brawley Union High School District, Calexico Unified School District, Central Union High School District, Holtville Unified School District, Imperial Community College District, Imperial Unified School District, San Pasqual Valley Unified School District

The Challenge

The Imperial County is a border region comprised of many small rural communities. Residents in these communities face barriers that hinder their opportunities for success. Many adults in these communities are English Language Learners and come from low income communities with limited employability skills. The Imperial County has a high unemployment rate and residents are thirsty for gaining employability skills as are employers, in wanting to hire high skilled employees. Since the inception of AB 86, Adult Education community educators have come together in collaboration to address the barriers adults face in seeking employment in the Imperial County.

The Solution

With the implementation of the Adult Education Block Grant, the Imperial County Consortium has invested time and funding into increasing services and providing support to adult students in the area of employability. The Consortium used the AEBG funds to hire two Student Success Specialists (SSS) via a contract with Imperial Valley College. The SSS' have developed pre-employment work readiness workshops that teach adults how to build a résumé, complete a job application, write a cover letter, develop a professional portfolio, practice interviewing skills and seek employment. The workshops are delivered in a class setting over a five-day period. Workshops are three hours in length and are delivered in ESL and HSE/GED classes.


Students are given a pre and post survey on the first and last day of the workshops to measure their knowledge on work readiness. This provides the Student Success Specialist with a platform on which to rate the student’s level of knowledge before and after services are rendered. Results from the current year of AEBG have shown that students increased their knowledge of work readiness after completing their series of workshops.

The Data

Student Success Specialists maintain and monitor workshop attendance and pre and post surveys.
A total of 236 AEBG adult education students have completed the five-day workshop sessions. Workshops are ongoing in Imperial County Adult Education schools.

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