The El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) Charter Adult Education program provides adult learners from every walk of life with a wide range of rich learning experiences tailored to meet their unique needs. The programs have been especially beneficial for adult learners who face a variety of life challenges. One such student is Kristy Arroyo, who attends classes at the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Rancheria.
Kristy has faced numerous obstacles in her life, including being legally deaf, as she only has partial hearing. The Tribe recently purchased Kristy a new set of hearing aids, which has greatly contributed to her progress. Kristy is determined to earn her high school diploma through the Adult Education program, which is operated by EDCOE in partnership with the Tribe. The Tribe is supporting her in reaching her educational goals.
Kristy has an infant daughter so she is determined to be a conscientious student and mother. “I am so grateful this time around, with a new baby, and knowing what is best for me now,” stated Kristy. “Graduating and earning my high school diploma will help me find a job and provide for my child. It has been a great benefit that the Rancheria’s Adult Education program is family friendly.” Kristy often arrives with her baby for her individual tutoring session where she can take notes and ask questions. Through this experience, Kristy has inspired her own mother to also begin working toward completing a high school diploma.
The Charter Adult Education program prides itself on the passion of its staff, who are committed to helping adult learners succeed in life. The teachers are fully credentialed and highly trained in supporting adult learners reach their dreams. “We have a wonderful staff, who really care about helping the students reach their goals,” noted Principal Gary Sutherland. “The personalized support and the caring relationships are a huge reason for the success we are seeing across our programs.”
Charter’s Adult Education classes are offered throughout El Dorado County in structured, yet flexible learning environments, and all of the courses are free. More information about Charter’s Adult Education programs can be found on the Charter website at aded.edcoe.org or by calling (530) 295-2259.
Pictured: Adult student Kristy Arroyo attends an individualized tutorial session with Adult Education Staff member Sally Storamski.