Education for Life!

Newsletter of the Piedmont Adult School - May 2022

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PAS Earns WASC Accreditation

We are excited to announce that Piedmont Adult School has been granted full accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This accreditation validates the strength of our programs, and provides a strong foundation for future growth. WASC accreditation is particularly important for our High School Diploma students, as it increases the value and recognition of a PAS diploma. We look forward to building on the strengths and goals established through this rigorous accreditation process.

Congrats to our New Grads!

It takes drive and commitment to earn a high school diploma as an adult. We are very proud of all our graduates, who achieved this important milestone while juggling work, family, and other obligations. Congratulations! We can't wait to see where you go from here.
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Spotlight on .... Sameerah Karim

Sameerah dropped out of high school her sophomore year to take care of her baby full-time. She eventually earned a certificate in medical insurance billing and coding, but soon realized that many jobs in this field require a high school diploma or equivalent. She took the GED but did not receive an equivalency.

Undeterred, Sameerah started taking general studies classes part-time at community college, while continuing to work. She set her sights on the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) at Merritt College. Entry to this program requires a high school degree or GED equivalency.

Sameerah contacted Piedmont Adult School and found out she only had to complete a few additional courses to earn her high school diploma, because she could receive credit for her community college courses, as well as the portion of the GED that she passed.

She received her high school diploma in February, and is now completing the courses for her Associate degree.

After receiving her Associate degree, Sameerah hopes to go on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her ultimate goal is to work abroad. “I would like to help people all over the world if possible,” she says.

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Career Technical Education Expanding

Piedmont Adult School is pleased to offer free, state-funded classes through our Career Technical Education (CTE) program. We are expanding this program to include more computer classes. In addition to our popular Google Drive class, we added classes this year in Apple/Mac Basics and Programming in Python. Stay tuned for more CTE classes in the future!

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New Classes Offered

We continue to expand our program to serve our students! In Spring 2022 we launched two new classes - Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Writing, and Art from the Heart.

In Summer 2022 three more classes will debut – Chinese Brush Painting, Watercolor Pencil Painting, and What You Need to Know About Reverse Mortgages.

New classes in Fall 2022 will include Painting in the Style of Famous Artists, Piano Music Appreciation and Mid-Life Career Change.

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Register for Summer Session

Registration opens May 16 for our Summer Session, which will run June 6-July 30. Register online at Click here to view the Summer 2022 catalog.

Registration for the Fall 2022 session will open in late August.

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

In response to the high demand for ESL, Piedmont Adult School is exploring opportunities to launch ESL classes for adults in our community. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at 510-594-2717 or

Instructor Profile - Caitlin McCarthy

Our new Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Writing class is taught by published author Caitlin McCarthy. McCarthy holds bachelor's and master's degrees in writing and currently teaches literature and language arts at Corpus Christi School in Oakland. She is also a private writing coach and teaches writing workshops for all ages.

Author of the novel Ship of Fates, McCarthy has lived in the Bay Area her whole life. She lives in Oakland with her husband and her cat.
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Seeking New Instructors!

Do you have a skill or expertise that you would like to share with the community? We are actively looking for new instructors. Requirements are deep knowledge, interest and enthusiasm about your topic, and an ability to share that knowledge effectively with adult learners.

Possibilities include (but are not limited to):

Beading, quilting, mahjong, chess, sewing, gardening, home improvement, history, art history, improv, acting, meditation, yoga, starting your own business, job search basics, social media savvy, bitcoin/cryptocurrency and music appreciation.

Compensation is $35/hour. To apply, please send a letter of interest, current resume and three references to If you have any questions, please call 510-594-2717.