It is with great pleasure that I write my first message as the new Principal of Placer School for Adults (PSA). This is a homecoming of sorts, as I was the Assistant Principal of PSA from 2006 to 2010, responsible for Community Education, GED, High School Diploma, and Inmate Education. I have served as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for the Placer Union High School District for the past nine years and am thrilled to have the opportunity to return to PSA to continue the tradition of educational program excellence that my predecessor, Bill Bettencourt, established during his seven year tenure as principal. I have worked with Bill at the District level and have witnessed his strong leadership and vision within the Sierra Joint Consortium, an adult education partnership with Nevada Joint Union High School District, Roseville Joint Union High School District, Sierra College, and the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. The consortium leverages the strengths of the members and partners to deliver outstanding adult education programs and services to our students across the region.
One of the major changes in adult education over the last five years has been a greater focus on preparing students to transition successfully into the workforce or postsecondary education. It is with this in mind that you will notice an emphasis on career pathways throughout our newly reformatted catalog. Career pathways are a series of courses culminating in a capstone class that, upon completion, will provide a student with the requisite skills to acquire a job within that career area. Think of pathways as an educational road map to a desired career outcome. Whether you are looking for your first job or a second career, PSA can help you realize your potential. Here are just a few of the career pathways available through PSA:
For those enrolling to acquire their GED or high school diploma, our skilled guidance counselors will help you to plan and transition into a pathway after you reach your initial academic goal. Regardless of where you are in your journey, PSA is your partner in education, here to help you with YOUR CHOICE, YOUR PATH, YOUR SKILLS by taking the guesswork out of exploring career opportunities.
I hope you will take a few minutes to peruse the many course offerings and pathways outlined in our newest catalog. Stay connected and informed on new developments and opportunities by visiting our websites, www.PlacerOnline.org and SierraASSETS.org and like us on Facebook at www. facebook.com/PlacerSchoolForAdults.
Eric Vereyken, Principal