Established in 1960, Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education (BPACE) serves about 13,000 students each year. A Program of Excellence Award winning California school, for its programs in career technical education, adult basic education, ESL, and programs for older adults, this center works to provide excellent services to its many adult learners.
Adult learners are encouraged to study towards certificates, GED, and high school diplomas, as well as other academic and experiential learning programs. With a variety of student services and resources including academic and career counseling, students are guided to success.
Students can enroll in career technical education programs which prepare them for further study and provide industry ready certifications. Students may choose from the following programs:
- Support Services Medical Assistant
- Administrative and Clinical
- Automotive Services
- Manufacturing Systems and Processes
- Food Service and Hospitality
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In addition, adult learners may enroll in programs like the high school diploma or GED awarding BPACE High School Subjects program. The object is not only to pass high school diploma or GED examinations, but to prepare students for college level studies in the future. As a State approved GED testing center, a Spanish language GED preparation program is offered — classrooms come equipped with internet-connected computers for student use. Training is provided on programs like Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Adult Independent Study programs are also available for any student unable to attend classes during regular hours in reading, math, writing, GED certificate and high school diploma. All adult learners are able to work with the full time counselors who will help with program placement and continuing academic guidance towards success such as vocational aptitude tests. Those who pass the GED Exam participate in the cap and gown graduation in the Spring.
For those interested in ESL or English as a Second Language instruction, an ESL and Citizenship Preparation program is offered. Featuring comprehensive English language instruction through distance learning, community based tutoring and classroom instruction, students can work on any schedule that fits in with their busy lives. Both CBET and SCANS competencies are integrated into the program, as are English Literacy Civics and citizenship.
Parents in the Baldwin Park community can take advantage of great parenting workshops offered at BPACE. With courses and seminars like parenting the adolescent, family members interaction, helping your child succeed in school, parent education/family literacy, parent education/parent/child participation, and parenting the preschool, there is a course for every family unit. Special features include field trips, guest speakers, special events, ad program activities, as well as academic services like parenting workshops, one time trainings, on-going classes, and K-12 parent meetings/training.
Older adults or Baldwin Park senior citizens enjoy programs which provide important educational and recreational facets for older adults in the community. Classes are available in areas like health, the fine arts, and technology. Courses include yoga, water aerobics, mental fitness, ceramics, studio pottery, introduction to Word/Excel, and photo editing.
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Students interested in careers in the food service industry may participate in the Maine Street Café training program. Within this fully operating restaurant, students experience firsthand the requirements for running a food services business from prepping food to cooking, waiting tables, management, catering and even washing dishes!
Anyone who is at least 18 years of age may enroll. There may be English language or prerequisite requirements for coursework or basic skills to enroll in some classes. Keep in mind that while students may register for most classes at any time, some will have a specific start date like CAN and LVN.
Students may qualify for financial aid in the form of federal grants, should they demonstrate financial need, be of 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, meet citizenship requirements, maintain satisfactory progress and attendance, and not presently hold a bachelor’s degree. Students interested in financial aid should begin the application process by filling out the FAFSA. Keep in mind all tuition payments at must be made in cash.
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Students enjoy many student run services like the Maine Street café, and the Cosmetology salon. Free babysitting services are also available for children between 2 and 9 while parents are in class on site. Students have access to the library with a lending collection of books, periodicals, audio-visuals, and computer and internet access, as well as counseling services.
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Community connections are important to the school and classes can even be found in the area’s many recreational centers. Articulation agreements with local community colleges also form strong community ties and help students succeed in their continuing educations. Local businesses get involved at BPACE by providing student’s job-based learning opportunities. In fact, the campus’s Performing Arts Center puts on a variety of productions each and every year encouraging the campus and community to come together for exciting and unique cultural and artistic experiences like community theater, school rallies, cultural expositions, and other performances.
Justine Ventimiglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Currently residing in a 1950’s modest ranch in Metro Detroit, she enjoys researching and writing about Mid Century Modern furniture and decor as she works on restoring her home and documenting the process.