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Gateway to Health Careers

Tuesdays & Thursdays  |  January 23 - May 17  |  12:30 - 2:00 p.m.  |  Jefferson Adult School

The Gateway to Health Careers course is held at Jefferson Adult School and is designed for English as a Second Language (ESL) students. Since its inception in spring 2016, a shuttle between Jefferson Adult School and South San Francisco Adult School enables students at both schools to take the course. Students are introduced to the health care field and learn about various professional and career opportunities. Students receive free CPR and First-Aid training. The course also uses a co-teaching model. Science, Math, and Technology Skyline instructor Paul Rueckhaus teaches the course alongside ESL instructor at Jefferson Adult School, Stephanie Tang.

Click here for the 2017-2018 program flyer.  


How long is the program?

Students are encouraged to complete the entire year (fall and spring semesters). However, students may also choose to take either fall or spring as a one-semester course. Class begins on August 29 and will end in late May.

When and where is the class held?

Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30pm to 2pm Classes are held at Jefferson Adult School in room 105A, located at 699 Serramonte Blvd., Daly City, CA 94015. We have free shuttle service between Jefferson Adult School and South San Francisco Adult School.

Do I need to attend every class?

Regular attendance is strongly advised.  Students with special schedule conflicts may speak with the instructors for permission to alter their attendance.

What materials do I need to bring to class?

Notebook and pencil. All required lesson and reading materials are provided.

Is there homework?

Yes. There is regular weekly homework and students are expected to do the reading that is assigned in every class session.

What level of English do I need to take the class?

To enroll, ESL students must be at an intermediate level in speaking and listening and reading and writing. GED and other students whose English level is the equivalent of Intermediate ESL and above may enroll.

How much does the class cost?

The class is free.  

What will students receive at the end of the class?  

Students who complete the course and have taken the classes and tests in CPR and First Aid will receive certificates in those two trainings.

I am undocumented, can I still take the classes?

Yes, we welcome all students at adult school. Jefferson Adult School requires no proof of immigration status.

I am not currently working or intending to work in the health industry. Is this class the right fit for me?

You may not think you want to work in health care, but this course might change your mind! If you have an interest in exploring careers and/or further education and training in the health care field, if you enjoy learning about science, if you want to improve your workplace communication skills, you are welcome to enroll in this course.

What types of jobs or careers could I do after completing the class?

This course is not a professional training course for a health care career, but an introduction to the field.  Students who complete this course will be ready to choose their next educational and vocational steps with the knowledge and counseling they receive through this course.