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Submitted By: Kathy Takemoto, Marin County AEBG Consortium

School district launches program to transition aging-out students to adult ed

The Challenge

San Rafael City Schools, a member of the Marin County Adult Education Consortium, wanted to actively and intentionally transition newcomer high school students who were aging out of the K-12 system into appropriate adult school programs, starting in fall 2017. The district wanted to ensure that those students were well-prepared to succeed in adult education programs, so they set to work developing a program that would achieve that.

This program was developed by the district Director of English Learners, the ESL teacher, a Case Manager, and the consortium's Program Outreach & Support Coordinator.

The Solution

The answer was 3C Connect - Career, College, Community, a six-week summer program that incorporated daily English as a second language (ESL) lessons, college preparation, introductions to community services and agencies and individuals who promote personal well-being and job search and retention skills. Students who participated in 3C Connect met from June 19 to July 27, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

In addition to daily ESL instruction, students received valuable information about accessing community services and educational opportunities from classroom speakers and by participating in field trips. Activities included a presentation about automotive careers, a site visit to Kaiser Permanente to learn about medical careers, an acculturation workshop provided by partner Canal Alliance, an introduction to managing personal finances provided by partner SparkPoint Marin, private consultation with immigration attorneys, a site visit to the local library, a tour of College of Marin and a site visit to the Marin Employment Connection.


Of 70 eligible students, 10 – or 14 percent - participated and completed the program, with four students achieving perfect attendance. Five students enrolled in fall ESL classes, and four planned to enroll in a high school equivalency class.

Through the generosity of the Ross Valley School District Foundation, each student was given a used, fully functioning Chromebook on the last day of the program. In addition, all 10 students who completed the program have a public library card, a completed English-language PowerPoint presentation explaining their career goal and a working resume and cover letter.

The Data

The case manager has maintained contact with the students and will track their progress toward completion of their educational and personal goals. Consortia interested in receiving a copy of the 3C Connect program summary may contact Kathy Takemoto at ktakemoto@srcs.org.

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