Escondido, CA

Adult schools offering accelerated medical programs to put students to work now

With the immediate need for trained healthcare workers at an all-time high, adult schools in North San Diego County are rolling out low-cost, expedited healthcare certification courses to meet growing demands in the region. 

Starting February 1, Escondido Adult School will offer an eight-day online Certified Home Health Aide Program, while Poway Adult School will kick off a Nurse Assistant Training Program starting March 5. Both program formats will be a hybrid of in-person/online learning.  

Escondido and Poway Adult Schools are part of the Education to Career Network of North San Diego County (ETCN), whose members also include the adult schools in Ramona, San Marcos, Vista, and Palomar College. 

All ETCN schools offer high-quality classes and programs that are both affordable and accessible for all adults, through both online and in-person learning opportunities. 

“Our medical programs are perfect for students who wish to re-train, learn new skills or explore a new career in healthcare,” said Oscar Lopez, transitions coordinator, Escondido Adult School.  “And our instructors bring a wealth of knowledge and medical experience to the table.”  

In addition to the Certified Home Health Aide and Nurse Assistant training programs, ETCN schools offer a variety of other low-cost medical courses including Vista Adult School’s Medical Assistant and Phlebotomy programs. 

“We are here to help our students and community in any way we can,” said Lopez. “If we can be the vehicle that trains students with the medical skills our community needs right now, we’re going to do it.”

All ETCN schools will continue to offer health-related courses and programs later this spring and summer. Interested students can visit each school’s website to access course catalogs and additional information or visit 

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