Adult education can be a motivating career experience

Adult education can be more than getting a certification or a GED.

It can be a career path for students who gain advanced job skills through higher education, which in turn leads to higher-paying jobs.

This possibility can start with the Manteca adult school.

“Adult education was re-authorized not too long ago to work with the community college system,” said Paul Downs, who is a consortium facilitator.

Along with representatives from San Joaquin Delta College, he met with students on Tuesday as part of the Manteca Education and Training Center’s forklift certification series.

“Today we offered a warm handshake (to the students),” said Jonathan Cardiel, who teaches logistics and transportation at Delta College.

He described his courses – including Introduction to Warehouse Management – ​​as “challenging but as easy as can be” for those in Manteca Unified’s careers technical education program.

Rocky Heckel teaches this course consisting of learning extensive theoretical and practical training on the seated counterbalanced forklift, the standing counterbalanced forklift, the vertical mast “cradle lift” and the electric pallet truck.

Cardiel, who has been an instructor at Delta for the past seven years, worked in warehousing logistics while in the military. He served 25 years in the military.

Her classes are currently available to students at the Manteca Adult School. Transition Specialist Heather Maloy and her staff were on hand to guide students through the enrollment process at Delta. No decision was necessary at the time.

Classes begin March 16.

“I know it can be daunting,” Cardiel said of students seeking this career path in the community college system.

He added: “We try to make it as unscary as possible.”

Cardiel teaches courses in Warehouse Purchasing, Intro to Logistics, Intro to Warehousing, and Intro to Warehouse Management, to name a few.

Downs played a big role in building the bridge for career paths.

“Transportation and distribution logistics are huge here,” he said, pointing to the many employment opportunities in the region.

Downs has developed strategic plans for the California adult education system and California Community College systems, and is currently the facilitator of a coalition that involves a network of community colleges, adult schools, unions, businesses and community organizations.

“It’s a unified approach,” Downs said.

He noted that point A of the dual enrollment “bridge” begins at the Manteca Education and Training Center, where students can learn the basics.

Point B is Delta College, where their career path is Warehouse Logistics courses, leading into the workforce.

The principal of the Manteca Adult School calls it great teamwork.

“We are making things happen,” he said.

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