South Bay home to state's 2nd largest adult education program

25,000 adults study for a better life
Posted at 5:33 PM, Feb 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-23 20:51:28-05

SAN YSIDRO - Thousands of adults in San Diego County’s South Bay are back in school. In fact, there are more adults enrolled in adult education classes in the Sweetwater Union High School District than anywhere else in California except Los Angeles.

“We’re serving the highest need community in all of San Diego,” said San Ysidro Adult School principal Sheryl Sanchez. “They want to learn. They’re searching for their piece of the American dream.”

Sanchez said her school alone has more than 2,000 students who are working on their high school diploma, learning English, or taking classes to help them earn their US Citizenship.

Tijuana native Armando Rosales said he wants “to have a better income and better job opportunities.”

He is taking a class to help him with his Citizenship interview.

“The most important thing is to vote,” he said.

“It’s amazing to be surrounded with so much positive energy,” said Sanchez. “I feel like I’m one of the most blessed and lucky people in the world.”