The Colusa County Office of Education has been offering adult school for a number of years to people throughout the county at no cost. Classes are offered in the C-Wing of Williams’ Education Village and enrollment is not closed.
CCOE kicked off adult school with an orientation and rib cookoff on Sept. 3, and asked Williams Police Chief Jim Saso to cook ribs.
The beginning of classes came in time for International Literacy Day, which was Sept. 8. The day was proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 1966. Each year has a specific theme, and the focus in 2019 is “Literacy and Multilingualism.”
Later this month, on Sept. 26, CCOE will also have a Literacy Strategic Planning Workshop as a part of the initiative “And Literacy for All,” which is entering its fourth year.
The Colusa County Adult School offers a wide array of classes with a focus on marketable skills in the workforce such as Career Technical Education, which includes classes such as accounting, medical terminology, and office software. There is also the Wildland Fire Academy, and for the first time, a class for stenography (for careers such as court reporter, operator for closed captioning, and TTY).
A class that may be offered in the near future will be Spanish classes for English speakers. Another service that the school has offered is childcare, and Principal Lorilee Niesen said that if there is enough interest, CCOE will look into retaining personnel to facilitate the request.
Those looking to get their high school diploma are asked to bring their transcript with them when registering. The students receive a course for career preparedness in addition to making up credits.
Niesen said that textbooks are available for free for use in the class, or for home use with a deposit.
“We offer courses for free because we want to serve our community,” said Niesen.
Currently, all of the classes offered are free with the exception of the Fire Academy, which has tuition to cover costs such as gear rental.
Niesen said that the Colusa County Adult School is one of the few places to offer the Fire Academy during weekends.
“They can still work and do this if they want to pursue wildland fire,” said Niesen. “Multiple cadets that have been through the program have been hired by Cal Fire. It’s definitely a pipeline that we’re trying to help Cal Fire fill the need for firefighters.”
For those who are interested but missed the orientation and barbecue, further orientations are offered on Mondays by appointment. Those interested are encouraged to contact the office at (350) 473-1350 and to speak to Xóchi Dudley. ■