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Never Stop Learning Reach for Your Dreams Every Day ...

Written by Daniel Telles Browsing today's job boards is

an intimidating affair. The list of skills for even the most basic job is growing. Facing what can become an over-

whelming challenge, thousands of adults have begun to advance their skill set by turning to Vista Adult Education – ROP (VAE). Founded in 1933, VAE has al-

lowed thousands of Vista residents to get their GED, learn English or train for a better job. Funded like a public K-12 school, it is affordable for just about anyone and assists students of all ages. VAE offers entry-level training in

careers that even in this economy are still growing. Programs range from accountant and office assistant to medical assistant and training in digi- tal arts. Classes are conveniently sched- uled around the adult student’s al- ready busy life. This year, VAE serves more than 16,000 students. Kathy Figueroa, a VAE career

and students are trained to answer the growing need for an expanded healthcare workforce in the local area. While Vista Adult Education's

programs in ESL, High School Diploma and GED, and citizen- ship remain in high demand, pro- grams for high school students in the Vista Unified School District are growing rapidly. Courses such as pre-engineering,

architect/design, stage-tech, auto tech, computer programming, and Virtual Enterprise are among those that are requested. Most of these courses are fully

... the needs of the

accredited to transfer to our local community colleges. Figueroa is

community / employers are directly related

to content in the classes. Ultimately, both the student and

the community win.

most excited about the new culinary arts program just begun on Vista High's cam- pus. “It's state of the art. We're so proud of it …

education coordinator for the past seven years, sees it as her vocation to build relationships between the community and the school. “We are always looking to see what kinds of courses should be offered according to emerging trends. It's about transitions and growing the right programs. ” Through their work, the needs

of the community/employers are directly related to content in the classes. “Ultimately, both the stu- dent and the community win.” The medical program, for exam-

ple, is very popular, receiving a thousand inquiries each trimester,

it's going to be great. Students will be able to enter the whole world of the restaurant industry and culinary arts.” The program features beautiful

state-of-the-art equipment. It will be in full swing for high school stu- dents this winter, and the school hopes to offer culinary programs for adults in the near future. Buckle up, Vista, and prepare for

the next generation to add new flavors to San Diego's hospitality industry! Vista Adult Education will be

relocating its adult medical pro- grams to a new campus in Janu- ary, the former site of Crestview

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Above, Students work on skills that will position them for careers after graduation.


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