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Sacramento County employment agency, Galt high school district partner to offer free job training

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Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 12:00 am

The Sacramento Employment and Training Agency will soon begin offering free training in occupations such as truck driving and customer service through a new partnership with the Galt Joint Union High School District.

The courses are funded through a $500,000 grant and are available to area students ages 18 and older.

The new program replaces the district’s traditional Adult School, which offered fee-based courses such as Emergency Medical Technician training.

In May, the district’s board of trustees voted to eliminate the Adult School program with the layoffs of all eight part-time teachers and reduction of hours for its director.

The new courses will be organized by SETA, which already has a Galt office at 1000 C St.

The program is a joint powers agency of the city and county of Sacramento.

Since its inception in 1978, SETA has connected people to jobs, business owners to employees, education and nutrition to children and assistance to refugees, according to its website.

In March, Galt board members first discussed the Adult School cuts in response to the governor’s proposal to shift adult education to the community college system.

Adult education began within the K-12 school system — not at the community college level — and served more than 1.5 million adults statewide at its peak during the 2008-09 school year. Schools typically offer classes in literacy, citizenship, English as a second language, high school diplomas and short-term career training, such as the popular EMT course offered in Galt.

Until its closure, the Galt school, founded in 1993, had eight programs with 476 students.

Lodi Unified School District still offers a traditional Adult School program, according to Superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer.

Classes in Lodi include job training, English language development, high school diploma GED preparation and parent education.

For more information about Galt’s program, call 209-744-7702.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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