Marin adult education programs to shift leadership

The group that administers all 29 Marin adult education programs is rotating its coordinator position to the Tamalpais Union High School District for the next three years.

The district’s board of trustees voted 5-0 on June 28 to recruit a person for the half-time position. The job, which was previously held by a coordinator in the San Rafael City Schools district, will pay $76,000 annually.

The San Rafael coordinator is retiring Aug. 1, Wesley Cedros, assistant superintendent for personnel in the Tam Union district, told the trustees in a staff report.

“We are happy to supervise this coordinator position on behalf of the six districts that make up the Marin Adult Education Program Consortium,” Cedros said. “Tam Adult School already plays a leadership role in the consortium and is positioned to take on this critical role beginning in 2022-23 through 2024-25.”

According to Corbett Elsen, the district’s assistant superintendent for business and operations, the position comes with $50,000 in annual and ongoing funding.

“Tam Adult School is funded solely by state and federal grants,” Elsen said in the staff report. “No money is expected to come from the district’s general fund.”

The state grants are from the California Adult Education Program, and the federal grants are from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title II program, Elsen said in the staff report.

He said the state funding for 2022-23 and 2023-24 totals $725,000, plus the $50,000 in ongoing funds. The federal funding for 2022-23 totals $120,000, he said.

The adult education consortium members include Tamalpais Adult School, San Rafael Adult School, Shoreline Unified School District, Novato Adult School, College of Marin and the Marin County Office of Education.

Some of the classes offered by Tamalpais Adult School include English as a second language, high school equivalency preparation and diplomas — usually referred to as GEDs or general education diplomas — and home care aide training. Many of the classes are offered online.

In addition to the programs at the Marin school districts and other education centers, the consortium has other partners that offer educational opportunities for adults. They offer trainings in fields such as food preparation or construction.

The partners include the North Bay Trades Introduction Program, the YMCA, CareerPoint North Bay, Canal Alliance, Homeward Bound of Marin and the Marin City Community Development Corp.

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