Working Adult Degree Program makes higher education more accessible in SF Bay Area
SAN FRANCISCO -- City College of San Francisco (CCSF) has expanded its offerings of credit classes at Downtown and Mission Centers as part of a new program designed to aid working adults in completing their educational goals. The classes include a wide range of disciplines in Liberal Arts, with an emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arts & Humanities, and Social Justice Studies, which are crucial to earning an associate’s degree and fulfilling the requirements to transfer to a four-year college. The expansion is being led by the College’s Working Adult Degree Program (WADP).
In 2017, the Bay Area saw an increase of 5,920 Education, Public and Social Services jobs. In addition, jobs requiring an associate’s degree are projected to grow 18% faster than lower-skilled jobs. And according to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2016, a high school graduate earned an average estimate of $27,180 annually, while those with a college degree generally earn between $38,386 and $70,294 annually.
“The Working Adult Degree Program (WADP) is designed to help people who work full-time to get an associate’s degree by taking evening, weekend, and online classes at our Downtown and Mission Centers,” said Wendy Miller, Associate Dean of Adult Education for CCSF. “Offering the necessary classes in locations beyond our Ocean Campus makes higher education much more reachable, especially for working adults citywide.”
WADP is aimed to serve working adults who seek to complete their degree, whether for professional or personal reasons. However, students are not required to be working in order to participate. Students pursuing other degrees who need to complete their General Education requirements are also welcome to join the WADP. The average WADP student is over age 40, and has some previous college experience, extensive work experience, and family responsibilities. Most WADP students are part of the College’s targeted equity populations, which include people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities, among others.
Since its launch in Fall 2017, the WADP has enrolled over 130 students. The Program is currently recruiting for the fall semester, which will be based at Mission Center.
WADP staff are also available to make presentations about the program to local businesses and community partners. Interested students should visit www.ccsf.edu/wadp or contact WADP@ccsf.edu. The first day of fall semester for academic year of 2018-2019 is Saturday, August 18th.