As Jefferson Adult Education commences the 2009-10 school year, we face new challenges stemming from the budget cuts to public school education in California and legislative changes in how adult education is funded. Despite financial constraints, the Board of Trustees and administration of the Jefferson Union High School District maintain the commitment of preparing adults for employment, strengthening connections between home and school and providing life-long learning experiences. Thanks to on-going District and Board support, and the highly qualified and committed staff of adult educators, we will continue providing quality educational programs to adult learners in our community.

Last year more than 5,000 students participated in Adult Education programs of the Jefferson Union High School District. Most courses were wholly supported by the distribution of public education funds, although some classes required nominal materials fees. The unprecedented reduction in public school funding for this upcoming school year has made it necessary to re-define the allocation of resources for some adult education programs. Students in courses not directly related to workforce development and secondary education will be asked to share in their cost, since we must convert them into fee-based classes. I understand that these are difficult times for many members of our community, but trust that there will be support for educational priorities in these difficult economic times.

Diana Rumney-Director of Jefferson Adult Education