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Director's Message

FALL 2017

The Public Policy Institute of California anticipates that by 2025, there will be a 1.5 million shortfall of skilled workers (AEBG, 2017). Adult education provides opportunities and services to equip adults with the knowledge and skills necessary to address this gap in the workforce as well as to participate effectively as citizens, parents, and family and community members.  Instructional programs ensure that adults have the education and skills required in a competitive economy for a better quality of life (CDE, 2016).

Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) together with basic skills courses/classes help adults, who do not have a diploma, complete their High School Equivalency (HSE), earn a High School Diploma (HSD), and prepare them for entry to college or the workforce.


One of the largest programs at South Bay Adult School (SBAS) is English as a second language (ESL).  Adult English Language (EL) programs are designed to help those who are new to the United States and others who have not yet fully developed proficiency in English to acquire the basic knowledge and skills they need to function effectively as parents, in their occupation, and in society.

Students may enroll in classes in preparation for the High School Equivalency Certificate (GED®) or for a High School Diploma. Our GED® Prep course is offered in a classroom environment that provides the opportunity for students to work independently and at their own pace. Students may also complete course requirements in some areas through the Independent Study Program. The goal of the South Bay Adult School (SBAS) Independent Study Program (ISP) is to support our students’ successful transition from high school to college or a career.  Prior to transitioning to college or careers, students must complete 230 credits to earn a high school diploma. Students in our GED® Prep or ISP program are provided access to an online curriculum, individualized work to study at home, and are required to attend a Learning Center Lab/Workshop with a teacher a minimum of once per week to review their progress.  


At SBAS our ESL, GED® preparation and a complete program helps provide adult learners with the skills necessary to enter the workforce with options for career pathways. Visit us www.southbayadult.oeg for more information.   


Anthony Taranto, Ed.D.


South Bay Adult School