Welcome to Monrovia Community Adult School!
For the 2020-21 school year, Monrovia Community Adult School is embracing Theodore Roosevelt's "doctrine of the strenuous life;" our school will not "shrink from danger, from hardship, from bitter toil...." To a person, the faculty and staff at MCAS refuse to let this pandemic deter us from our mission. We will put our shoulders to the wheel and do our very best to help all MCAS students improve English literacy, earn a high school diploma or equivalency, or master job skills so all are able to navigate through the choppy waters of this COVID-19 pandemic.
Our commitment to safely open during this pandemic and provide quality educational programs is unparalleled in Los Angeles County. Monrovia Community Adult School was the first public school to open a classroom in Los Angeles County post-COVID shutdown. Due to the tireless work of our faculty and staff, we were able to safely finish a cohort of 15 Pre-certification Certified Nursing Assistant students.
MCAS earned a Pre-certification CNA program waiver from the California Department of Public Health, developed safety protocols and procedures with Monrovia USD district staff and the MUSD nurse and counsel, and received approval to open class from the Los Angeles County Health Office. This process took three months, but was well worth the time and effort. Students in this cohort passed the Red Cross CNA license exam at a 100% rate and most immediately went to work on the front lines of the pandemic.
The safety Action Plan and protocols approved by the County Health Office are in place for the 2020-21 school year. However, all MCAS instruction will begin online. The exception: MCAS vocational programs for essential workers which require the teaching of hands-on skills will occur safely on campus. Los Angeles County Health Office regulations allow MCAS, as an Institution of Higher Education, to train critical infrastructure/essential workers and provide the hands-on skills portion of these programs in person. Our safety Action Plan and protocols will ensure the hands-on skills portions of essential worker training programs are taught safely on campus and keep our students healthy.
Though instructional delivery is online, MCAS will continue to provide quality, academically rigorous programs. MCAS is a WASC accredited and NCAA approved institution that offers UC a-g classes in its high school diploma program. I know our staff will offer outstanding programs in short-term vocational training, career development education, English as a Second Language, basic education, and high school diploma and equivalency during the pandemic.
We are very fortunate that the Monrovia Board of Education and the Monrovia Unified School District have continually provided strong financial support and leadership to Monrovia Community Adult School. These have been very trying times, and the support and assistance of our Board and district office has allowed this school to prepare deliver quality programs virtually.
MCAS remains a vital part of the Citrus College Adult Education Consortium (CCAEC) working together with regional adult schools and Citrus College to better provide you with programs and services. You can learn more about the CCAEC at our consortium website: http://ccadulted.org/
But significant budget shortfalls in education are looming in our future. We will collaborate with our CCAEC members to best use our California Adult Education Program (CAEP) funds. I urge you to stay informed about CAEP and how future budget shortfalls may affect your education. The CAEP website is: https://caladulted.org/
Welcome and please let me know, if there is anything we can do to serve you better.