ESCONDIDO: Adult School Begins Semester With New Courses

Enrollment is expected to be up at Escondido Adult School this fall despite some significant fee increases to certain classes, Principal Dom Gagliardi said.

“They’re coming in pretty strong,” Gagliardi said Thursday about enrollment figures. “Frankly I wasn’t sure, because there’s been some raised prices.”

Classes at the school began Tuesday, and other classes are scheduled to begin next week, he said.

The school had 7,770 students enrolled in its Adult Education program last year and 2,658 enrolled in its Regional Occupation Program.

Gagliardi said the two programs have different funding sources from the state. Adult Education offers a variety of courses that include career technical education classes, while ROP classes are only in career technical education.

About 500 students also were enrolled in the school’s community education classes last year, he said.

The school moved into a new home at 220 W. Crest St. in Escondido last year. Gagliardi said he was concerned that enrollment might drop because of the move, but the school ended up serving 2,000 more students in 2010 than in the previous year.

The wide variety of courses at the school range from $25 classes in crocheting to $3,600 courses that can lead to a career in the health field.

New this year in Adult Education is a phlebotomy technician training program, a $2,695 course that requires 48 classroom hours and 40 externship hours, as well as an online electronic health records systems technician course that costs $3,600 and requires 216 study hours over 18 weeks.

“All classes related to allied health careers are filling up,” Gagliardi said about the popular programs. Read more>>

Via Gary Warth, Escondido, North County Times.

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