Mt. Diablo Adult Education is part of the statewide community of over 400 adult schools located around California. Mt. Diablo itself is located in Concord, California and focuses on assisting adults in gaining and upgrading employment through a ranged of adult education program offerings. Programs like adult basic education, GED, adult secondary education, adults with disabilities, career technical education, certificate programs, community education, distance learning, English as a second language, frail elder, health & safety, home economics, lifelong learning, parent education, and students services help community adults succeed in their personal and professional lives.
The first major category of adult learning programs is career technical education. These short-term courses are designed to be completed in less than one year, and prepare students of the real world job market of today. Students who complete a career technical education course will receive a certificate of completion. Certificate courses include accountant clerk, administrative assistant, business office training, certified nurse assistant/home health aide, clinical medial assistant, computer applications, custodial training, customer service, dental assistant, emergency medical technician, food safety, pharmacy technician, sterile processing technician, special education, general interest classes, and surgical technologist. Additionally, adult learners may choose from classes like typing, exercise and fitness, sign language, stress reduction, cooking and nutrition, upholstery, quilting, gardening, anger management, and more.
Adult basic education, adult secondary education and GED programs are also offered to Mt. Diablo students. Students may attend an orientation session before beginning and ABE, ASE or GED programs. Attendance is imperative, as state funding may be in jeopardy when student attendance rates to these particular programs is low. Students may elect from the high school diploma program, the multiple subjects learning center, independent study, adult basic education, GED test program and distance learning study options. High school diploma students must meet certain study requirements divided by subject and number of required credits. Multiple subjects learners, however, complete coursework at their own pace with an individualized course plan, although the class still meets regularly. Independent study students may enter this voluntary program if they read at least at a 9th grade level. Adult basic education offers adults assistance with reading or writing troubles, and basic math or job skills. ESL programs are offered, as are English for specific purposes and citizenship courses, and Concord ESL multi-level family literacy classes.
Adults with disabilities can study at Mt. Diablo Adult Education center, with programs like developmental disabilities, acquired brain injury, visual impairment, Special Olympics, for caregivers of adults with ABI, TOPS, and others. Courses are offered like life skills, computer skills, and adaptive leisure skills for adults with limited vision. Community education courses are offered at Mt. Diablo, and are entirely supported by student fees. Adult learners may elect from courses like dance, financial planning, foreign languages, travel and culture, music, personal enrichment, real estate, and small business skills.
Some distance learning video courses are available at Mt. Diablo in the ABE/ASE/GED Department, the career technical education department, the English as a Second Language department, and the parent education department.
Loma Vista Preschool offers developmental, parent-participation programs for parents and children from ages 2-5 years. Senior learners aged 55 and older may join the Life Long Learning classes. Some of the classes offered include art and art appreciation, arts and crafts, computers, cultural studies and travel, exercise, financial planning, life enrichment, literary arts, mature driver, and retirement and estate planning.