The Fairfield-Suisun City Visual Arts Association invites the Public to the Solano Town Center Gallery, located at 1350 Travis Blvd., Fairfield, on the second floor outside of Macy’s. Join us in celebrating the opening of a new Exhibit, “All About Texture”. The show opens on Wednesday, April 3 at 11am and runs thru May 19. The Gallery is open Wednesday thru Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, April 6, 3-5 pm. The show will spotlight artwork by Featured Artist, Cherol Ockrassa from American Canyon. During the Reception, you can meet Cherol and other local artists, enjoy wine supplied by BackRoad Vines and light refreshments provided by the FSVAA.
By Vallejo Times Herald
Parents, guardians, and students are invited to attend the Solano County Office of Education’s Workforce Development Department’s 24 annual Transition Information Fair on March 20.
“If you have a student enrolled in a middle school, high school, or an adult/transition program who has a disability and/or is in a special education program, it is time to discover the possibilities for their future,” according to a press release from the county’s office of education.
Over 40 agencies from Solano County and surrounding areas will have representatives available to offer guidance and information about their services as attendees will receive valuable information about various programs and agencies in th community that can assist with higher education, training, employment, adult day programs, and independent living, officials said.
By Susan Hiland
Fairfield-Suisun Adult School graduates were cheered by family and friends as they crossed the stage Friday at the Fairfield Community Center to receive there diplomas. After all, it was a celebration of a new chapter opening in their lives.
Principal James Woods was emcee for the ceremony. He thanked the families for helping the students reach their goals and achieve a GED.
“Some of you transported them, made meals for them, baby-sit children for them and all that helped them reach their goals,” he said.
The sentiment was not lost on the graduates themselves.
By Tim Goree
Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District is proud to announce Public Safety Academy and Fairfield-Suisun Adult School as recipients of the 31st Annual Jack London Award for Educational Innovation 2018. This award is made on an annual basis to a Pre K-12 program that has made an exemplary contribution to education through development of an innovative educational program throughout Sonoma, Marin, Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Solano County.
Jack London epitomized the life-long learner. His own education was characterized by innovative and non-traditional experiences. The Jack London Award for Education Innovation memorializes the creative and individualistic spirit that London represents by recognizing and encouraging innovative, educational programs. The Jack London Award Committee, comprised of Sonoma State University faculty, as well as community and educational leaders, made the final selection of award recipients after site observations of the chosen semi-finalists.
By Daily Republic Staff
Elizabeth Kolakowski from the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School accepted a check for $500 for a scholarship given to the school during the January meeting of Fairfield Women in Action.
Kolakowski explained that so many students are truly in need of financial assistance in order to take the classes needed to secure a better job through education. The money provided by the women over the years has been used to help many students achieve their goals.
Fairfield Women in Action has been recognized by the Fairfield-Suisun School District administration for the many years of scholarships provided.
By Times Herald Staff
The Solano County Literacy Program seeks Adult Literacy Volunteer tutors, library officials announced.
Despite the fact that “literacy is vital for a healthy and thriving community,” more than 60,000 Solano County adults are functionally illiterate, meaning their reading and writing skills are inadequate to manage their daily living and employment tasks beyond a basic level, they said.
Children whose parents struggle with reading and writing are more likely to struggle in school and have low literacy skills themselves, officials said.
“Teaching an adult to read, write, and/or improve their English speaking skills can have far-reaching effects in our community,” they said. “A recent study found that adult literacy students realize an increase of about $10,000 dollars in their annual income after receiving 100 hours of literacy instruction.”
By Richard Bammer
The majority of Vacaville Unified teachers have less than 10 years on the job, and the school district’s Adult Education program is “growing again.”
That information surfaced during Thursday’s governing board meeting, when several district departmental leaders updated trustees with presentations.
Janet Dietrich, assistant superintendent for human resources, provided a statistical snapshot of teachers and school enrollment numbers, and Manolo Garcia, director of human resources, provided a similar picture about classified, or school-support, employees.
By Richard Bammer
Updates about district staffing and enrollment numbers, an update about the district’s Adult Education program and the likely approval of the costs to sell $78 million in Measure A bonds are on the agenda when Vacaville Unified trustees meet Thursday in Vacaville.
Presentations about 2017 staffing and enrollment numbers will fall to Janet Dietrich, assistant superintendent for human resources, and Manolo Garcia, director of human resources.
Offering a numerical glimpse of the district’s population, they will tell the seven-member governing board that the total number of staff — teachers, classified (school-support employees), certificated managers and administrators — is 1,270. And the total number of students in elementary, middle and high schools is 12,626, a slight increase from prior years.
By Richard Bammer
High school graduations often have their poignant moments, say, an adult or student speaker’s comments, words of wisdom and encouragement from school officials, perhaps a musical interlude.
It was the latter that especially livened the 2017 Vacaville Unified Adult Education graduation Tuesday evening in the Catwalk Theatre at Will C. Wood High.
During the faculty presentation segment, Morris Curry Jr., a Baptist minister and campus supervisor of the district’s Adult Education program at Country High, sang a robust version of “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” the signature song from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein hit musical “Carousel,” with the refrain “Walk on, walk on/With hope in your heart/And you’ll never walk alone.”
By Mayrene Bates
There are so many sad and terrible things happening at home and around the world that it brings tears to one’s eyes from time to time, but it’s also the time of the year that I get the opportunity to attend wonderful events that honor the successes of our schools, parents and business community partners.
Throughout history there have been few events of significance that have occurred purely by accident, someone once said. And, this time of the year, educators, parents, students, volunteers and business partners come together at many sites around Solano County to honor and celebrate educator and student accomplishments.
I try to attend as many events as I can and even for the ones that I do attend, this space would not come anywhere near covering all of them. This is, indeed, a great thing that there are so many accomplishments to celebrate.
Warmer spring days mean area high school and community college graduations are being noted on calendars in central and eastern Solano County.
By chronological date, here is a list of local high school and the Solano Community College graduation times, dates and locations:
- Solano Community College — 6 p.m. May 25 in the football stadium, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield.
- Vacaville Christian High School — 7 p.m. May 25, Falcon Field, 821 Marshall Road, Vacaville.
- Vacaville Unified Adult Education — 7 p.m. May 30, Catwalk Theatre, Will C. Wood High, 998 Marshall Road, Vacaville.
- Maine Prairie High School — 6 p.m. May 31, Dixon High School Theater, 555 College Way, Dixon
By Susan Hiland
Jasmine Hamilton, a math teacher at Crystal Middle School, will teach two new dance classes at the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School.
The recreational dance class includes international, folk, square, contra and ballroom dance. Students will learn specific dances from each of these styles and gain an understanding and appreciation of the role of dance in societies and cultures.
The dance fitness course includes an introduction to various dance styles such as ballet, jazz, contemporary and hip hop.
By Richard Bammer
If you drive too quickly between the 800 and 1000 block of busy Travis Boulevard in Fairfield, you will miss what James Woods calls “the best-kept secret in Fairfield-Suisun Unified.”
As principal of the district’s Adult School program, he is naturally a booster of all that his campus, at 900 Travis Blvd., has to offer adults 18 and older.
“A wide array of classes,” Woods, 56, said during a brief interview Monday in his office just a few steps from the school’s main entrance.
By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen
Adolph “Al” Berenguer of Vallejo said he plans to die with his boots on, though, since he doesn’t wear boots, loafers would probably be more accurate. That also might be entirely believable, considering the 88-year-old teacher is still in the classroom at least a couple days a week.
Besides teaching English as a second language, Spanish and Latin at the Vallejo Adult School and the Florence Douglass Senior Center, Berenguer is presently working on his third book. And this is only since retiring after more than 50 years teaching in the Vallejo City Unified School District.
By Ryan McCarthy
A progress report that’s part of accreditation for the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School on Travis Boulevard – and states $40,000 has been set aside to get out the good news to the public about the school – was accepted Thursday by Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees.
The report notes a new electronic marquee was installed during the summer to advertise classes, events and recognize students.
The school also embraced an online presence and nearly 8,000 class schedules were sent to homes and placed throughout the city, the report adds.
During the 2013-14 school year the adult school earned a six-year accreditation with a required one-day midcycle visit, a school district staff report said.
By Norcal Patch
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law Friday authorizing a three-year pilot program that will give young adult offenders the chance to access educational and support services in the juvenile justice system, a spokeswoman said.
SB 1004 allows five counties, including Alameda, Napa and Santa Clara, to provide this assistance to low-level, nonviolent felons aged 18 to 21, instead of serving time in county jails with adults.
Those offenders who meet these requirements and don’t have a history of crime would serve no more than a year in a juvenile justice facility and have their offense expunged from their record if they complete the program, according to Leslie Guevarra, a spokeswoman from the office of the bill’s author, State Sen. Jerry Hill.
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
Velinda Buckley got the call about noon. Within three hours she was seated in Willow Hall at the Fairfield Community Center watching her nephew Henry Glover graduate from the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School.
She had two hopes for him – that he would continue to stay focused on what’s ahead and accept Jesus as his savior.
“This has been a long time coming,” Buckley said, adding that Glover only got two tickets to the ceremony and she was honored to receive one of them.
By Susan Frey
State legislators are considering a bill that would boost funding for adult education by $250 million – reinstating funds that were diverted to K-12 schools during the recession, causing many adult programs to close or cut back the number of classes they offered.
“Every time I go back to my district, families ask when are the adult schools coming back, especially the English as a Second Language programs in local schools,” said Assemblywoman Patty Lopez, D-San Fernando, who has introduced Assembly Bill 1846 to increase funding. “There are 16,000 people on waiting lists for adult classes just in Los Angeles.”
Adult schools provide free or low-cost classes to Californians who are too old for K-12 schools but not academically prepared for community college, or who don’t qualify for skilled jobs. They serve immigrants, the unemployed, disabled adults, high-school dropouts and ex-offenders re-entering society.
The Solano Adult Education Consortium will hold its monthly meeting from 2 to 5 p.m. April 4 at Solano Community College, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Bldg. 400, Room 414, in Fairfield.
The agenda for the meeting will include: 1) action item on direct funding 2) diploma program requirements 3) formalize changes to 2015-2016 plan 4) review of recommended changes for 2016-17 plan.
Solano County Adult Education consortium meetings are open to the public and interested community members are invited to attend.
Consortium members are: Fairfield-Suisun Adult School, Vacaville Education Extension Program, Vallejo Regional Career Center, Solano Community College, Benicia Unified School District, and Solano County Office of Education.
By Susan Frey
California’s experiment in rethinking adult education can now be monitored through a website created by the Legislative Analyst’s Office.
The LAO recently released the Adult Education Consortium Tracker, which provides demographic, funding and student enrollment data for 71 consortia made up of school districts, community colleges and other community agencies that serve adults. The website also gives background information and shows how each consortium’s demographics compare to the state.
The site includes an interactive map locating the 71 consortia, lists of training programs, their budgets and career technical information that used to be scattered across many sites, said Debra Jones, dean of the Workforce and Economic Development division of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.