Year in Review – Career & Adult Learning Services

A Message From The CALS Executive Director, Sony Guerra-Sanson

This 22-23 school year has been one of growth and learning for our Career and Adult Learning Services Department. In addition to improving many of our technical pieces such as our SIS system for CTE classes, website development, maintaining the articulation as well as A-G approved status of all CTE classes, automated attendance reporting, efficient intake processes for HSD (high school diploma) students, we have also added robust programming department-wide including the addition of a Baking and Pastries class at Cabrillo College, the addition of a CAC HSD site at the Probation Service Center, piloting new ESL curriculum, offering Spanish literacy classes in Watsonville, ongoing professional learning opportunities, Career Fairs and outreach, Cabrillo Career Skills Certifications, and our first Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program at the Rountree Correctional Facility.

While the technical and programmatic components are important, we have also worked intentionally to build community and partnerships both within our department at the COE as well as with our community partners. The interpersonal relationships that we have with one another are critical in promoting positive outcomes for our students. We value our connections with all of our community members and look forward to continuing to work and grow together. Our goals for the upcoming school year include a relevant and engaging work-based learning component, portfolio development, exit interviews for CTE students, a program-wide career skills budget project, expanded ICT sections, an adult Dental Assistant Apprenticeship Program, expanded HSD services, and additional CTE certifications for adult learners. With a strong and committed team, community collaboration, and our continued combined efforts, we look forward to continuing to build a strong CALS program that benefits learners across our county.