Director's Message

  •  The Salinas Adult School

    Director’s message
    April 2018

    The year 2018 is very special for all our school community.  This year we are celebrating 100th Anniversary of Salinas Adult School. We are happy to honor this milestone and continue to serve the needs of this community.

    On April 12th, 2018, we marked our Centennial by a spectacular event.  The response from the community was overwhelming. About a thousand people joined our celebration: students and their families, members of the community, local political, community and adult education leaders.  People came from Sacramento, Bay Area and San Diego came to honor the outstanding service provided by our Adult School.  The pictures and video of the celebration are posted on our website.

    The history or Salinas Adult School is compelling. In 1918, the Salinas Adult Evening School was born under the leadership of the high school principal, Mr. E. L. Van Dellen.  The school was housed in the "original" Salinas High School site, located at West Alisal and Church Streets and Lincoln Avenue.  During the first year, 186 students were served in classes such as typing, bookkeeping and physical education.

    During the war years of 1941-1945, the Adult School grew to prominence in the Salinas area.   Classes were conducted around the clock in welding and machine shop.  Graduates of those programs were accepted in many shipyards throughout the West Coast without further examination.  Also, agricultural classes of the early 40’s helped to increase farm production in the Salinas Valley.  As the war ended in 1945, the program of the Adult School changed.  The program extended to the county hospital, and in 1954, the Salinas Adult School became responsible for the education of prisoners at the Soledad Correctional Institution (Valley Adult School).  In 1966, that particular program was transferred to the Monterey County Office of Education and later became an independent entity in the California State Correctional System.

    The Salinas Adult School became a leader in California with a mobile bus program entitled “English on Wheels."  At this point, the Adult School acquired facilities throughout the Salinas community utilizing the old social security building, the downtown post office, unused elementary schools, grange halls and commercial buildings.  The growth of the program was evident by the enrollment of 15,000 students in 28 different locations throughout the Salinas area. (1979-1980).

    In April of 1989, the district broke ground for a permanent adult school facility.  In September of 1990, the new facility of the Salinas Adult Education Center opened to the public.  Currently this building is referred to the Salinas Education Center and houses several district alternative education programs.

    The Salinas Adult School received the California Department of Education "Program of Excellence Award" in 1997 for their ESL/Citizenship Program and again in 1998 for the Parent Education Program.

    Your success is important to us! Whether you are aspiring to learn English, get a High School Diploma, prepare for the High School Equivalency or enroll in  our acclaimed Parent Ed program, Salinas Adult School excellent leadership team, instructors, and support staff are all here to guide and support you!

    We look forward to seeing you on our main campus or at one of our many satellite locations within our community.

    Tatiana Roganova
    Tatiana Roganova

    Director-Salinas Adult School