Vallejo City Unified School District’s Regional Education Center is being recognized for a proposal to train and assist disadvantaged people to succeed in lifting themselves up through construction apprenticeship and union affiliation into highly sustainable careers. Included partnerships are with North Bay Trades Instruction Program, Construction Trades Workforce Initiative, Solano Workforce Development Board, and Napa Solano Building Trades. The proposal seeks to provide opportunities to English language learners who are pursuing career opportunities in the construction trades with English language support, math support, and TIP pre-apprenticeship programs.
Vallejo City Unified is among eight California adult education providers that are finalists in the U.S. Department of Education’s “Rethink Adult Education Challenge,” a program that can lead to immediate job skills for its students, state schools chief Tony Thurmond said in a press statement Friday.
He said federal education officials recognized the Solano County school district’s pre-apprenticeship programs “that equip people with the knowledge and skills they need to enter and succeed in apprenticeship programs.” As a result, the district and the seven other state finalists will move on to Phase 2 of the challenge and compete with other finalists nationwide for $750,000 in prizes.
“I am pleased to see so many California adult education providers receive national recognition for programs that focus on pre-apprenticeships,” Thurmond said in the prepared statement.
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
When youngsters return to the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School preschool program they will be welcomed by a completed mural that covers the outside walls of the classrooms and faces the play area.
Artist Stephanie Lombard added many details to the happy interactive scene where toddlers are encouraged to do modified push-ups with a painted raccoon, size their feet with the bear tracks painted on the cement, trace a bee trail and enjoy myriad creatures.
One detail includes a stick figure at two different mural locations – one in a bird’s nest, the other dancing with ladybugs.
By Nick Sestanovich
Graduation season might be six months away, but Solano County Office of Education honored students in its Adult Transition Program who have now graduated and are ready to conquer the world.
In true 2020 fashion, the students were recognized Monday through a virtual ceremony and then a car parade that brought their certificates to them.
“I’m absolutely thrilled for the young people who have accomplished this huge milestone,” Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County superintendent of Schools, said. “We did not want to let COVID get in the way of recognizing their accomplishments.”
By Nick Sestanovich
In 2007, filmmaker and producer Joey Travolta founded Inclusion Films to teach filmmaking skills to individuals with developmental disabilities. This gave way to a series of camps aimed at imparting these skills to children and adults with disabilities and helping them make their own short films.
This past week, Solano students got their turn when Inclusion Films partnered with the Solano County Office of Education to bring the camp to Golden Hills Community School in Fairfield.
For the past two weeks, 48 students in the camp have been coming up with story ideas, writing scripts, memorizing lines, shooting film and doing everything that is typical of a Hollywood production.
By Susan Hiland
Dina Aldana Leon’s mortar board was bursting with pink and white flowers, a visible expression of what was going on inside her. The 41-year-old mother of three was bursting with joy at finally becoming a high school graduate.
The Fairfield-Suisun Adult School graduation Wednesday saw a portion of the year’s graduates cross the stage and into their future.
“I had to drop out of school when I was 18 years old, because of some issues,” Leon said.
By Amy Maginnis-Honey
Omar Walton, who celebrated his 20th birthday Thursday, has attended nine schools in California and Arizona.
A new start begins Wednesday as the young man receives his diploma from the Fairfield-Suisun Adult School.
Originally from Vallejo, Walton was sent to live with family in Arizona when he was in middle school.
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.