On Wednesday, April 25th, Evans Community Adult School celebrated its 80th anniversary. Originally established in 1937, the school began as the Americanization and Citizenship Program located within Cambria Elementary School at 7th and Union, just west of downtown. In 1971, LA was stricken by the San Fernando Earthquake that measured 6.9 on the Richter scale. The resulting damage to the school’s building necessitated a relocation to its current, Sunset and Figueroa, site. This move provided the opportunity for a change of name as well, and the school adopted the name of LA’s first Superintendant of Adult Education, E. Manfred Evans.
Guest speakers at the event included Ms. Danni Wang, Field Representative for California State Assembly Member Wendy Carrillo; Mr. Ricardo Flores, Constituent Services Director for Los Angeles City Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo; Dr. Frances Gipson, Los Angeles Unified School District Chief Academic Officer; Mr. Joseph Stark, Los Angeles Unified School District Division of Adult and Career Education Director; Mr. Rosario Galvan, Los Angeles Unified School District Division of Adult and Career Education Administrator; and Mr. Juan Noguera, Assistant Principal of Abram Friedman Occupational Center. Approximately 1,000 people were in attendance, including former Evans alumni and staff and current staff and students.
The event and its speakers celebrated the vital role that the Division of Adult and Career Education, and Evans Community Adult School in particular, has played in integrating hundreds of thousands of immigrants from all over the world into the fabric of Los Angeles life. The personal impact of adult education was highlighted by several of the speakers, now LAUSD administrators, who shared their own and their family’s experience as former Evans students.
In recognition of its history and present place in the life of the LA community, Evans Principal Carl Badeau and his administrative team received a Proclamation from Los Angeles City Councilmember, Gilbert Cedillo and a California Legislature Assembly Certificate of Recognition from Wendy Carrillo, California State Assembly member of the 51st Assembly District. As part of the festivities, attendees enjoyed an augmented reality display of Evans’ history, a time capsule dedication, and a tribute to the Evans mascot, the monarch butterfly.
Evans Community Adult School, which currently serves students from over 70 countries, offers classes in English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and Career Technical Education. Evans also assists high school students and young adults with its Accelerated College and Career Transition alternative education program. Evans has a tradition of excellence as part of the Division of Adult and Career Education, meets the highest accreditation standards for quality instruction, and has the reputation of being one of the largest English as a Second Language adult school in the nation.
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