The Pomona Unified School District (PUSD) Adult and Career Education (ACE) program provides educational opportunities in order to support the development of the local community and meet the educational needs of the people living in it. ACE is one part of the PUSD, which is the school district that was created in 1954 based on the first school set up in the Pomona Valley in 1871. The aim of ACE is to train individuals so that they can participate in the current labor market.
With this end in mind, the programs offered at ACE are designed so that busy adults can make it to the classes. Certificates are the highest degrees granted and programs last from one semester to two years. ACE also has programs for individuals to prepare for the GED to get their high school equivalency, with the exam given in either English or Spanish. Students of ACE receive a discount when they take the test. Citizenship courses are taken by individuals who are preparing to complete the naturalization process.
The emphasis on responding to the local needs is what distinguishes ACE. The English as a Second Language program fulfills the needs of the many Spanish-speaking individuals in the region. Every effort is made to provide financial aid to those who need it. There are also extensive services like career counseling and job placement that help students find employment as part of their time with ACE.
ACE holds accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, through 2011.
There are many different courses, each preparing individuals to start working in their chosen field. The most popular lead to careers in beauty and cosmetology, medical administration, and production trades like welding and mechanics.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Career technical education programs each have a specific number of hours that a student must complete in order to receive a certificate. The self-paced courses are unique in that they allow students to take the time they need to understand the material. Most the subjects offered are designed to improve the computer literacy of participants, and range from specific programs to keyboarding.
The Parenting, Family, and Consumer Awareness courses are particularly interesting as they aim to improve the lives of entire families. Courses range from how to handle adolescent children and how to stay fit as a family to quilting and other arts. Most courses are free of charge and just require participants to purchase their supplies. Another noteworthy attribute is that quite a few are offered entirely in Spanish, in order to reach the non-English speaking segment of the population.
For older adults, the classes provide strategies to improve quality of life. They include drawing and painting, the study of gems and jewelry-making, and fitness activities like swim.
Admissions are based on an open policy. Residents of the county are given priority to in the enrollment process in line with the mission statement to support the local community.
The student body at ACE is very diverse, reflecting the large minority populations that live in the county. There is no campus housing offered. The age of students also varies substantially as classes have participants ranging from 18 to 65+ depending on the subject matter.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Because ACE is committed to providing opportunities for all, it strives to meet the financial needs of students. In order to quality for financial aid, it is generally necessary to be taking the daytime courses. The school provides assistance to complete the financial aid forms two times per week as well as a telephone number so that prospective students can obtain the support they need.
Payment for courses is also made easy, and fees can generally be paid in cash, credit card, or with checks.