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Up for the Challenge: Leticia Reyes of NOCE Pharmacy Tech

Student Success Profile

July 30, 2019. Inspiration can strike from unlikely places and for NOCE student Leticia Reyes, it started with an ear infection. When her daughter fell ill, Reyes wasn’t sure about all the medicines the doctor prescribed. That’s exactly when she discovered the Pharmacy Tech program at North Orange Continuing Education, and a lightbulb went off. …


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Making Career Education Fun: North Orange County ROP @ Work

Feature Story

June 07, 2019. At Esperanza High School, they’re carving up a digital cadaver. At Sunny Hills High School, they’re building contraptions capable of launching pumpkins with Aaron Rodgers-like accuracy. Meanwhile, over at Western High School? Probably cooking up another inspired dance through its highly praised Visual and Performing Arts program.   High school wasn’t always …


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5 Reasons Orange County Businesses Collaborate with NOCRC

Consortium News

Photo Caption: NOCE Electrical Technology students learn the latest techniques to install, maintain, and repair electrical equipment to meet the increasing demand for skilled employees in the field.  June 07, 2019. In adult education, we often visualize the classroom-to-career continuum as a “pathway” — a GPS-direct expressway from “point A” to “point B.” In reality, …


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AB 2098 Set the Groundwork… Now, It’s About the Legwork

Director's Corner

June 07, 2019. When the California Legislature passed AB 2098 last October with unopposed bipartisan support, the adult education community let out a collective sigh. It was a sigh of satisfaction and relief, to be sure. A hard-earned victory for equity and social mobility in California, not to mention a vote of confidence for the …


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A Community Conversation: DSS Hosts Event Promoting Workplace Diversity

Consortium News

May 09, 2019. When it comes to thriving in the Southern California economy, adults with disabilities face steep drawbacks. The Disability Support Services (DSS) Workgroup of the North Orange County Regional Consortium for Adult Education (NOCRC) is working hard to change that—with help from the community. On May 23, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 …


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NOCE’s High School Diploma Labs Provide a Path to Success

Programs

May 09, 2019. You might not realize it, but of all the things a person accomplishes in their life, their high school diploma might be one of the most important. While securing a diploma is no guarantee of future success, data suggests that failure to do so directly correlates with a myriad of negative socio-cultural …


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Graduating with Flying Colors: NOCRC’s Basic Skills and HS Diploma Programs

Director's Corner

May 09, 2019. Few accomplishments in a person’s life have as profound an impact on future success as a high school diploma. One need only look at the statistics surrounding those who don’t have theirs, to understand. According to the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (CABE): “Adults without a high school diploma are more than …


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Helping Students Reach New Heights: The NOCRC ARISE Lab

Consortium News

March 06, 2019. According to the latest data from the California Department of Education, approximately 97,000 California public school students were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in 2018. That’s a 700 percent increase since 2001. The reasons for this dramatic rise are yet unknown, but may include a myriad of factors, such as the …


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Childhood Trauma Conference Brings an Empowering, Inspiring Message

Feature Story

March 06, 2019. When we think of the ways that a child learns to interact with the world, we tend to focus on positive, progressive experiences, such as reaching cognitive milestones or nurturing good physical habits. Tragically, the factors that affect a young child’s brain development, along with academic and life achievement are not always …


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Supporting Diverse Adult Education Students for Stronger Communities

Director's Corner

March 05, 2019. When I think about what makes NOCRC special, I think about diversity and the many different walks of life that our students come from. Some have advanced degrees, some have developmental challenges, some are unemployed because they have a language barrier, and others hold multiple jobs while struggling to balance family duties …


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Addressing California’s Skills Gap Through Adult Education

Feature Story

December 14, 2018. California has a problem: while the need for workers with post-secondary training and education is growing, the supply of workers with those skills is not. In fact, as of 2014, an estimated 57 percent of the adult workforce was considered “low literacy,” meaning they had limited English proficiency and lacked meaningful educational …


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Full Circle: Hilda Rivera’s Powerful Journey

Student Success Profile

December 14, 2018. When Hilda Rivera immigrated to the United States with her mother, she had almost nothing. She had no high school diploma. No English-language skills. And no job prospects. Finishing high school was never going to happen and college was a dream so impossible it had never even crossed her mind.  Today, Hilda …


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