The PASSAGE Course – a student testimonial

PASSAGE – Placer Adult School Strategies and Assistance in Gaining Employment

A testimonial from a PASSAGE student:

I’ve just completed Passage, a Computer and Office Skills Program offered through Placer School for Adults.  I stumbled on the program while researching education classes for my adult dependent daughter and realized the Passage Program was an ideal way for me to brush up my very dusty office skills and become familiar with current technology.

I’m so thankful that I took this class.  The course covered a wealth of information on computers, Windows 7, Microsoft Office, email, internet, etc. (basic office protocol today) and also offered students individualized instruction on resumes and job search strategies.  The students in the class were a mixed bag; retirees wanting to return to the workforce full and part-time, young, head-of-household mothers, who wanted to escape the minimum wage trap and better their families lives, soon to be empty nesters reentering the workforce, a horse whisperer and dog trainer, small business entrepreneurs, who I imagine will use technology to market their services.

Our instructor, Dudley Jude, expertly guided our motley group with patience (so much patience) and humor (much needed and appreciated) throughout the course “There is no such thing as a stupid question”.  We learned in a warm, supportive environment.  He often contributed his own time to give students “homework” extra coursework practice. The pace was fast and students assisted each other through more difficult assignments.  The class had a collaborative, non-threatening feel.  The Computer Program Director, Arij Mousa, was informative and encouraging and the PSA office staff always had a ready smile.

Towards the end of the course, I was given an extra credit research assignment (optional) to group technology courses offered through PSA, develop a certificate for that coursework, and show where students could then enter the job market with that certificate or where they would go to further their education.  I did not complete the assignment (work, school, home, life!).  And I thought about it differently.  It struck me that it was not where you could go after completing these courses (infinite, in my opinion), but that you can’t go anywhere without them!  We need these skills today in work but also for staying connected in our own lives.

A fellow student remarked relief that the class was over (we are all probably a little behind at home) but sadness too.  We will miss the camaraderie.  Several students plan to continue their technology education by taking further classes together.  Our own little network!

The Passage Program is a wonderful, and much needed, community service.  

Gail (Passage Student 2013)