Our mission

Sequoia Adult School Scholars (SASS) provides financial support, tutoring, and other assistance to Sequoia District Adult School ESL and GED students—the vast majority of whom have minimum wage jobs—so they can enroll in community college to continue their education, expand their career options, and serve as role models and advocates for their children.

Our impact

The vast majority of students graduating from Sequoia District Adult School remain trapped in minimum-wage service jobs. SASS affords these students an opportunity to gain economic mobility by giving them the financial assistance they need to attend community college and expand their career options. In 2010, SASS provided financial assistance to help three Sequoia District Adult School students attend community college. In spring 2016, 182 SASS recipients were enrolled in community college classes, a clear indication of the unmet need SASS fills.

The vast majority of students graduating from Sequoia District Adult School remain trapped in minimum-wage service jobs. Their English is often limited and they have little chance for advancement. SASS affords these students an opportunity to gain economic mobility by giving them the financial assistance they need to attend community college and expand their career options. In 2010, SASS provided financial assistance to help three Sequoia District Adult School students attend community college. In spring 2016, 182 SASS recipients were enrolled in community college classes, a clear indication of the unmet need SASS fills.

Program Highlights: 2015

  • 225 students received SASS scholarships, up from 145 students served in 2014.
  • 14 students earned an Academic Command of English (ACE) award, indicating completion of an eight-class (40 unit) ESL sequence. Students must earn the ACE award before they can take classes that count towards an Associate degree or certificate.
  • Our first two SASS recipients earned associate degrees and five SASS recipients earned certificates in areas such as medical assisting and early childhood education. Given ESL course requirements, and the fact that most students attend college part-time because they need to work, it typically takes a minimum of four years to earn a certificate. Since SASS has been awarding scholarships for only five years, we are just beginning to see students who have gone through the pipeline
  • 25 students worked one-on-one with volunteer tutors for a total of more than 350 hours of academic assistance.