Sequoia Adult School

July Newsletter

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A Message from the Director

Congratulations to our High School Diploma, High School Equivalency and ESL Level 4 graduates. They are listed later in this newsletter. Please join me in giving these students a virtual round of applause!

This has been a challenging few months because of the COVID closures, so it is inspiring to see so many of you continuing with your education. In addition to all our graduates, about 140 ESL students in Spring classes completed their level. 30 students are going on to college or job training. These students’ success is a true testament to their resilience in the face of uncertainty and unexpected challenges. Thanks to all students, and the teachers and staff who help them succeed. Good job!

During these times of COVID, our top priority at Sequoia Adult School is to keep students and staff safe. For that reason, all classes that begin in July will be offered as online classes using Zoom. We recognize many of you prefer in-person lessons and many schools are hoping to offer small in-person classes for the Fall 2020 term. However, the number of people we can serve with social distancing is quite small. Hence, to serve as many students as possible, we are exploring a slightly different approach, which would continue on-line classes for the rest of the year while opening part of Sequoia Adult School for students to access their classes on-line. We will keep you informed as we progress in planning. Please remember that any plans we make can change at the last moment due to COVID. Stay safe.

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Student Success Story: Gloria Anaya

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Gloria Anaya, an immigrant with a dream to work in the medical field, had to overcome great challenges. From learning the English language to going through a divorce, and to experiencing the most unimaginable pain in losing her daughter. Gloria persisted and continued to work hard towards her life long dream. Read how Gloria pushed through her obstacles and pain to reach her dream of becoming a Medical Assistant and a lifelong learner.

Read here:

Interested in Applying to College or a new Job?

If you are interested in applying to College or JobTrain please contact Transition Advisor, Liliana Campos for any assistance or questions you may have.

Liliana Campos


Fall College Classes

Dispensing Opticians Training Program - San Mateo Adult School

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San Mateo County Immigrant Relief Fund

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  • Live in San Mateo County.

  • Not eligible to receive a CARES Recovery Rebate (coronavirus stimulus check) from the Federal government.

  • Household income less than 80% area median income ($97,440 for an individual).

  • Lost income due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


  • Step 1: PRE-APPLY - Submit a pre-application today.

  • Step 2: APPLY - Depending on eligibility, equity, and available funding, we may invite you to submit a full grant application. If you are invited, you will receive an email from MAF inviting you to submit your full application in our secure portal.

  • Step 3: APPROVAL - If we approve your application, we will deposit a $1,000 grant directly into your bank account or we will mail you a check.

Interested in being tested for Covid 19?

Baseline's COVID-19 testing program: 5 steps to getting tested
COVID 19 Testing - San Mateo County

Project Baseline

Testing is free and available to anyone without restriction, although an appointment is required in advance. To make an appointment, residents can visit Project Baseline’s website (use this hyperlink: Registration opens 72 hours before testing dates. Remember to bring your photo ID and the reference ID from your confirmation email.

If you don't have access to the internet, an on-site volunteer may be able to help you register and get tested.

UPDATE: Those being tested can now swab their nostrils themselves. Watch the video above or click on the PDF at the bottom of this page for details about the testing procedure.

After being tested, residents will receive results and other information by email. San Mateo County Health will reach out to residents who test positive.


(Registration opens 72 hours before testing dates - see information above. Testing is open to all.)

WEEK OF JULY 13 (followed by the full list of scheduled dates and addresses):

Monday, July 13: San Mateo

Tuesday, July 14: Daly City

Wednesday, July 15: Daly City

Thursday, July 16: East Palo Alto

Friday, July 17: East Palo Alto

2160 Euclid Ave.

East Palo Alto Testing Dates
Thursday, July 16
(9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Friday, July 17 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Thursday, July 23 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Friday, July 24 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

Everest High School
455 Fifth Ave, Redwood City

North Fair Oaks Testing Dates
Thursday, July 30 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Friday, July 31 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Thursday, August 6 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Friday, August 7 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

Pandemic EBT Cards

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YMCA Feeding Kids and Families: Now Serving Adults!

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Cash Assistance Program For Immigrants (CAPI)

CAPI provides cash assistance to aged, blind, or disabled legal permanent resident immigrants who have been denied SSI benefits solely due to their immigration status.

For more information go to:

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Transition advisor: Liliana Campos

Need more information or need help applying to any of the resources mentioned above? Please contact Transition Navigator, Liliana Campos

Call/Text: (650) 503- 3848


Please contact the Transition Advisor, Liliana Campos.

Call or Text: 650-503-3848