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North County adult schools offering training for workforce re-entry

With thousands of students across the region logging into online classrooms this fall, adult schools in North County are at the forefront of virtual learning and training to put adults back to work. 

With a variety of online course offerings including certified nurse assistant and pharmacy technician programs, students are learning, training, and preparing to meet the needs of a new workforce with new demands – all offered for low or no fee by the Education to Career Network of North San Diego County (ETCN).

The network of schools— including Escondido Adult School, Poway Adult School, Ramona Adult School, San Marcos Adult School, Vista Adult School, and Palomar College – have been working since schools were closed across the state in March to offer online and distance learning. 

By providing relevant curriculum that focuses on emerging industry sectors including healthcare and manufacturing, ETCN schools are preparing adult students for new careers in the industries that are hiring now and into the foreseeable future.

“Our teachers have been hard at work preparing online learning platforms for our students this fall,” said Kathleen Porter, Director of Career Technical and Adult Education, Poway Adult School. “Until we can offer classes on campus again, we are doing everything we can so that our students continue to meet their educational goals during this time, as well as help them secure careers once it’s time to go back to work.”

In addition to academic counseling, referrals to childcare, services for students with disabilities, adult school students have access to an exclusive North County virtual job board that is updated each week with new listings as businesses are beginning the re-opening process.

Below is a breakout by school of current online learning offerings for fall 2020:

Escondido Adult School

220 W. Crest St, Escondido, CA 92025 | (760) 739-7300 |

Current online offerings include: English as a Second Language (ESL), Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), Certified Home Health Aide, Medical Assistant Administrative, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy, Animal Care Specialties, Introduction to Computer Aided Drafting, Accounting/Quickbooks/Excel, Microsoft Office Training, Typing, Computer Basics, Microsoft Windows/Word/Excel/PowerPoint

Poway Adult School 

13626 Twin Peaks Rd, Poway, CA 92064 | (858) 668-4024

Current online offerings include: Career and Work Skills Training, Phlebotomy Technician, Nurse Assistant, Information and Computer Technology, Real Estate, Computer and Business Training, Accounting, Website Design, Social Media, Application Technology, English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Secondary Education (ASE), Court Reporter Certification

Ramona Adult School

720 Ninth St, Ramona, CA 92065 | (760) 787-2000

Projected online offerings include: High School Diploma/GED

San Marcos Adult School 

158 Cassou Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069 | (760) 290-2555

Current online offerings include: High School Diploma/GED 

Vista Adult School 

510 Sunset Dr, Vista, CA 92081 | (760) 758-7122 |

Current online offerings include: Medical Assistant, Medical Terminology, Phlebotomy Technician, Patient Service Representative, English as a Second Language (ESL), High School Diploma, Keyboarding, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Job Search Strategies, Personal Commercial and Interviewing, Quickbooks, Human Resources Essentials, Property Management, CompTIA Prep Course, A+ Core 2 Test Prep Course, Linux+ Test Prep Course, Healthcare Essentials, Medical Coding, Paperless Medical Records

Palomar College 

1140 W. Mission Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069 | (760) 744-1150

Current noncredit online offerings include: English as a Second Language (ESL)

For more information about each adult school’s online offerings and to register today, visit

The Education to Career Network of North San Diego County (ETCN) promotes student achievement and preparation for employment by providing relevant educational programs that allow adults to contribute productively to their communities. In collaboration with community partners, ETCN offers pathways and seamless transitions to post-secondary education for the workforce. ETCN consists of five adult schools including Escondido Adult School, Poway Adult School, Ramona Adult School, San Marcos Adult School and Vista Adult School and Palomar College. For more information, visit

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