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Practices with Promise Success Story

Submitted By: Bill Bettencourt, Sierra Joint Consortia

Placer School for Adults expanding through collaboration and partnership

The Challenge

Placer School for Adults (PSA) is filling the gaps. Faced with the growing need to enhance workplace digital skills and getting students employed, PSA continues to evolve the Business Office Professional (BOP) Certification. Through local networking, marketing and outreach, Placer School for Adults needed to expand the schedule of classes and locations beyond past perceived barriers to serve the community. Several referring school agency partners asked the school to deliver the increasingly popular 150-hour BOP course at new locations beyond its traditional adult school classrooms/buildings, but agency partners did not have space for another classroom in their buildings.

The Solution

After many attempts to find new locations, and several disappointments and unsuccessful agreements, a new doorway opened. In conversations that extended to new agency collaborations, Brandman University (Roseville) opened up a classroom in its new building and allowed PSA to teach the BOP course there. PSA supplied a cart full of laptops, the instructor and materials, and Brandman offered the classroom and Wi-Fi connectivity in a new partnership agreement.


The first cohort of 24 students filled the new Brandman University room to capacity. Students received excellent training and gained much-needed skills and confidence - and most have found new careers. At the same time, adult education students are being exposed to another college in the region and some have new goals and aspirations to transition to Brandman University for extended training and degrees.

The Data

Partnering with the local agency allowed PSA to serve 24 additional students. Without the new location/class, PSA could not have served most of these students because they would not have made the commute to our main school site. All of the students completed, and most of them have already secured a job, or moved into a better job.

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