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Career Pathways and Adult Learning

The Adult and Career Education Department serves as the driving force for Career Pathways and Adult Learning (CPAL) in Pleasanton Unified School District by administering and coordinating programs related to Career and Technical Education, Adult Learning, Work Experience Education, and apprenticeships.

Review the information below for a brief overview of each of these program areas or click the corresponding link to the right.  To speak with someone in our office about one of these programs, you may call our office at 925-463-0616 or visit our office at 4665 Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton, CA, 94566.


Career Technical Education

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is a program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers. The Pleasanton Unified CTE Office is responsible for helping all students acquire challenging academic and technical skills and be prepared for high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations in the 21st century global economy.


Adult Learning

Adult education is a public education program for all adults. Adult schools offer free to low-cost classes for adults 18 and older. Students can earn a high school diploma, high school equivalency certificate, learn about jobs, learn to speak English, and learn how to become a U.S. citizen. Adult schools are located in many cities and towns. Pleasanton Adult and Career Education (PACE) is responsible for enabling adults to acquire the basic skills necessary to function in today's society so that they can benefit from the completion of secondary school, enhanced family life, obtaining citizenship and participating in job training and retraining programs.


Work Experience Education

Work Experience Education (WEE) is a work-based learning course of study that offers internships and employment combined with instruction in critical workplace skills. WEE is an integrated educational process that: (1) helps students to choose a career path based on their interests and aptitudes; (2) prepares them for college and career success; and (3) affords students the opportunity to learn to work with others in ways that are successful and rewarding. Students will develop ready-to-work attitudes/interview skills; financial literacy; knowledge of workplace safety and rights as workers; business operations; how to read an earnings statement and know what payroll deductions to expect; career decision making; making a career goal plan and much more.



Registered Apprenticeships are an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential. It includes the following elements: paid job, on-the-job learning, classroom learning, mentorship, and credentials.


Amos Nugent, III, Ed.D.
Crystal Land Korbas, Ed.D.
Assistant Director
Josh Hill
CTE Special Projects Coordinator and Department Chair, Foothill High School
Tony Dennis
PLTW Coordinator and CTE Department Chair, Amador Valley High School
Kelsey Hartman
Work Experience Coordinator
Jamie Renton
Transition Specialist, Adults with Disabilities
Lynette Marshall
Transition Specialist, College and Career
Isabel Stearns
Executive Secretary
Idalia Castaneda-Casillas
Administrative Secretary