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Unemployed? Need a Job? Between the ages of 18 – 21?VACE's WIA Youth Employment Program can help you!
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Ventura County Concert Band
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First in State with Computer-based GEDVACE offers computer-based testing in a Pearson-VUE test center dedicated to GED testing.
High School/GED Wiki
WIA Funding Awarded to VACEPending final approval by the California Department of Education, VACE has been re-awarded Workforce Investment ACT Title II Adult Education and Family Literacy Act funding.
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Ventura Adult Education High School Programs
Diploma Program Overview
Ventura Adult and Continuing Education provides the opportunity to attain a high school diploma by concentrating on a few subjects at one time. Classes are offered during the day and in the evening to accommodate a variety of schedules. Students may enter the program at any time throughout the year and work with friendly, knowledgeable, fully credentialed instructors to meet their goals.
Ventura Adult and Continuing Education is a WASC- accredited high school.
All of the classes offered meet the requirements for high school. A list of the classes offered can be found under the "High School Subjects" heading.
Ventura Adult and Continuing Education High School offers a variety of academic approaches.
In order to meet students' individual learning styles and preferences, there are two different study options:
1. Book-based, seat-time classes (work is done in class from text books)
2. Internet-based, seat-time classes (work is done in class on the Internet)
To schedule an orientation appointment and determine needs for diploma completion, call 289‑1749, extension 1230.
How to Register for the High School Diploma/GED® Program
• All students applying for the high school diploma program must attend orientation meetings.
• All students must get an official sealed transcript from the last school in which the student earned credits.
• For more information or to make an appointment, call 289-1749.
Students under 18 years of age who want to attend Adult Education full time:
• Must be referred through the VUSD Alternative Placement Committee
• Must obtain clearance cards from their prior high school and submit it to the Adult Education office before attending orientation
• Must attend orientations (with a parent or guardian if a minor)
• Must attend school from 8 am - 3 pm daily (M-F)
Concurrent students (those enrolled in a comprehensive high school):
• Must obtain recommendations for concurrent placement signed by the students, parents, and the high school counselors during a counseling session which specifies which class or classes the students need
• Must bring copies of the students' high school schedules showing enrollment in at least six periods for comprehensive high schools and four periods for continuation schools
• Must attend orientations (with parents or guardians)
High School Subjects
Classes are free. Book-based and Internet-based classes are available. Both seat-based and independent study classes are available. Day and evening classes are available to accommodate adults' schedules.
High school class offerings:
Math: Math Intervention, General Math, Math Topics, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry
English Language Arts: English 9, 10, 11, 12, English Language Arts Intervention, Reading I, Creative Writing, Fantasy Literature
Science: Earth Science, Life Science
Social Science: Geography, U.S History, World History, Economics, American Democracy, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Contemporary Issues, CA History, Sociology
Applied Arts: Careers, Life Skills, Keyboarding, Computer Basics
Fine Arts/ Foreign Language: Art I
Test Prep: California High School Exit Examination English and Math, GED®
Please call (805) 289-1749 ext 1230 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm to schedule an appointment.
High School Classes are available Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 8 pm and Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Lunch is from 12 pm to 1 pm daily.
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CAHSEE Preparation: English Language Arts
Individualized targeted instruction will help you prepare for the English Language Arts portion of the California High School Exit Exam. Students may enter the program at any time and work with friendly and knowledgeable instructors in small learning groups to achieve their goals.
CAHSEE Preparation: Mathematics
Individualized targeted instruction helps students prepare for the mathematics portion of the California High School Exit Exam. Students may enter the program at any time and work with friendly and knowledgeable instructors in small learning groups to achieve their goals.
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CAHSEE Test Dates at VACE:
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|Tuesday, October 7, 2014||Wednesday October 8, 2014|
|Tuesday, February 2, 2015||Wednesday February 3, 2015|
|Tuesday, May 12, 2015||Wednesday May 13, 2015|
Students must enroll a minimum of four weeks prior to the exam to receive individualized instruction. Exams will be held at 5280 Valentine Road.
General Educational Development (GED®) High School Equivalency Exam
The GED® provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate the academic ability and understanding that are expected of high school graduates. The GED® is an alternative to a high school diploma.
The GED® includes five separate tests: Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, and Reading Language Arts (includes writing). To take the test, students must be at least 18 years old, not a high school graduate, and not enrolled in a traditional high school. Call 289-1749 for more information.
VACE is also an official GED® Testing Center, currently offering computer-based testing in English and Spanish. Computer-based testing is offered Monday through Friday from 8 am to noon, and is booked online. Students pay their fees for the GED directly to GED Testing Service, not to VACE. Paper-based testing was discontinued as of January 1, 2014. Testing is conducted monthly, alternating between morning and evening sessions. Testing seats are limited to 20. To reserve a space, come to the Administrative Office at 5200 Valentine Road with government-issued photo identification specifying date of birth. The fee for all five tests plus the state certificate is $140.
Free preliminary assessments and classes are offered to prepare students for the GED® exam. Practice tests and individualized instruction are available. Students should plan four hours for the initial assessment and then set up study schedules that meet their needs.
Please call (805) 289-1749 ext 1230 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm to schedule appointments for the GED® preliminary assessment and classes.
Free GED® Pre-tests and Assessments:
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General Educational Development (GED®) Preparation:
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GED® en Español
Un GED es equivalente a un diploma de escuela secundaria, bachillerato o prepa. El examen consta de cuatro temas:
• estudios sociales
• lectura (incluye la escritura)
Cada tema se analiza por separado. Para pasar hay que sacar por lo menos 150 en cada tema y una puntuación media de 600 o más.
Las clases se imparten en español y el examen es en español. El certificado es el mismo ya sea que tome el examen en español o inglés. Los cuatro temas se deben tomar en un solo idioma.
Las clases de preparación son gratis. Hay cargos adicionales para las pruebas y tendrá que pagar los honorarios de su prueba directamente a GED Testing Service, no VACE.Todas las pruebas de GED serán en computadora. Las pruebas se pueden tomar en VACE u otra institución de pruebas; usted no puede tomarla en casa. Su maestro le ayudará a crear una cuenta de GED en línea y a registrarse para hacer pruebas.
Mecanografía y habilidades informáticas son esenciales. Se incluirán en las clases de preparación.
Registrarse en la clase en salón 224 durante las horas de la clase.
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Workforce Development Academy
Good jobs depend on people who can put knowledge to work. The Technology for Job Readiness courses taught at the Workforce Development Academy are designed to prepare job-seekers for today's labor market with adult basic literacy, numeracy, and computer skills offered in both book- and computer-based formats.
Students learn to use office equipment such as copy and fax machines and electronic calculators. They also learn telephone etiquette and customer service techniques. Basic math, keyboarding, and computer applications are the focus of the programs, with an emphasis on the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access). Students learn to use email and the Internet effectively. Workshops are conducted on resumes (electronic and hard copy), cover and thank-you letters, and business cards. Customized modules address job-seeking skills including interviewing, phone contacting, and networking for job searches. This program helps job-seekers improve existing skills or learn new ones.
Certificates of Completion are awarded to students who meet all course requirements. Successful graduates of the Workforce Development Academy are eligible for scholarships to attend the Career Technical Education programs at VACE.
The academy is FREE to all adults ages 18 and older. There is a $10 registration fee plus book charge if students wish to purchase books.
The Workforce Development Academy is a joint project of Ventura Adult Education, the Ventura Job and Career Center and the County of Ventura. Enrollment is open entry and depends on available space. Call today to reserve a place: 289-1744. VACE’s Main Compus for registering (not attending classes) is open Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 7 pm and on Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
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Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County and VACE Collaboration
Are You Looking For Work?
VACE has a Federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) grant that assists with education, support services, training, and job placements.
WIA Job Program for Young Adults
The WIA Program offers guidance, generous cash incentives, supportive service, and practical assistance to low-income adults between the ages of 18 and 21 years old who are pursuing educational and employment goals. The primary focus is on those youth who dropped out of high school and are now ready to return, but high school graduates are also welcome to apply. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements. This free service is a partnership between VACE and the Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County, with funding from the federal Workforce Investment Act.