Collaboration Success Stories

Collaboration success stories

EPN Shout Out
The EPN Shout Out, a standing agenda item at ALLIES EPN meetings, offers a chance for EPN attendees to share successes, innovative projects or collaboration efforts with the EPN community.

From the Fall 2017 EPN meeting:

Cañada College, CATESOL

  • - Invitation for all to participate in CATESOL events: regional conferences (NorCal, SoCal and San Diego), Chapter Events (Bay Area Chapter), Annual Conference. More info on
  • - CATESOL ‘socio-political’ interest group coming soon, a way to get involved in policy advocacy

Jefferson Adult School

  • - College and Career Fair on Wednesday November 8th. Employers confirmed for the event include Big 5 Sporting Goods, San Francisco Airport, McDonalds, various hotels
  • - Continuing team teaching programs between Jefferson Adult School and Skyline College in the ‘Gateways to Health Careers’ class for ESL and GED students who have previous professional or educational background in health fields, and those who are interested in exploring a health career. The course and its curriculum are designed around CCRS, College and Career Readiness Standards

Milpitas Adult Education

  • - Offering co-located Early Childhood Education (ECE) courses at Milipitas Adult Ed in partnership with San Jose City College
  • - Career pathways for Associate Teacher certificate in ECE: - non credit ECE course: overview of the field - ESL-ECE course for English language learners - bridge to college writing - core credit classes in ECE - future partnership with Kidango for ECE student job placement

San Jose Office of Immigrant Affairs

  • - Rapid response network for Santa Clara County is live: 408-290-1144. Please share widely with students and families. Five things happen when you see ICE / think you see ICE and call the hotline: 1. We verify if it is ICE or not 2. Bilingual dispatchers (English - Spanish, or other languages via phone interpreters) talk the caller through their rights 3. We dispatch trained rapid responders to the address as legal/moral observers to record ICE activities 4. If someone is detained, immigration attorneys are activated immediately on behalf of the detained individual 5. If someone is detained, family support teams are connected to the family to offer varying types of support

San Mateo Adult Education

  • Student ambassador program at SMAS: Upper level students help with registration, orientation and welcome of new students; as well as help lower level students practice their English;
  • SMAS added a class about soft skills and workforce skills.
  • We bring community resources into the school. Four family-related agencies do tabling at SMAS

Sequoia Adult School

  • Sequoia Unified School District updated its Immigrant Protection Policy, and adopted a resolution in support of DACA students

Upwardly Global

  • Partnership with San Francisco Public Library. Provided workshops on resume improvement and professional communication

San Mateo County Office of Immigrant Support and Coordination

  • - Newly published Resource Guide: Immigrants gateway to resources. The guide includes information about community college and adult education programs in San Mateo County. Additional copies can be ordered by contacting Jasmine at

Refugee and Immigrant Forum of Santa Clara County (RIF)

  • The RIF’s subcommittee on skilled immigrant and refugee professionals will host a Job Fair for employers and skilled immigrant and refugee job seekers on Thursday, November 9th at LinkedIn in Sunnyvale.
  • - Started an entrepreneurship program for newly arrived refugees and immigrants

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto

  • Provides many services, including immigration legal services to the East Palo Alto community. Many East Palo Alto residents are low income and need help with services.

American Red Cross/Immigrant Forum in San Mateo County

  • - Immigrant Forum started around the topic of unaccompanied minors, 3 years ago. We now have 125 providers on the email list. A lot of information sharing about available resources, programs and services happens at our meetings

Upward Scholars (formerly Sequoia Adult School Scholars)

  • - Upward Scholars (a non profit) supports adult students (mostly English learners) by providing scholarships for books and transportation in order for students to attend community college. We work extensively with Sequoia Adult School and Cañada College to transition students and help them become aware of their options. We also provide additional services such as tutoring and mentoring for those who request them.

Grail Family Services

  • Offers 2 ESL sessions: morning 8:30 - 11:30 am, M-F and afternoon, 1:00 - 4:00 PM, Mon, Tue, Thu. Classes start in January 2018, childcare is provided for both sessions.

Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center, Santa Clara University

  • Providing new workshops in the areas of employment rights, human trafficking and employment, arrests and convictions and employment, tenants’ rights, consumer protection rights. Contact Marisol at for more information

College of San Mateo

  • - MOU between San Mateo Adult School and CSM to use a multiple measure assessment tool for placement.

Palo Alto Adult School, Foothill College

  • Created a document that connects national and international ESL students with each other, adult school and community college course offerings and community resources
  • Foothill College offers free non-credit ESL courses
  • Palo Alto Adult School (PAAS) offers pre-literacy courses
  • PAAS formed a ‘Professional Learning Community’: teachers have monthly meetings to collaborate on planning teacher generated assessments for students.

FUHSD Adult School (Sunnyvale - Cupertino)

  • - Working on developing work-readiness skills by organizing job fairs, infusing curriculum with appropriate sections to help students develop such skills
  • - Infusing our lessons with more academic rigor for our students planning on going to college + organizing college fairs
  • - Through our AEBG consortium (NSCSTC), we piloted a test of our ESL adult students to take the ESL placement test in college (partnership with Foothill and De Anza College)

Mountain View - Los Altos Adult School

  • MOU and ongoing partnership with Building Skills Partnership for ESL classes on Google campus
  • Hosted SIREN Know Your Rights workshop
  • Restarted ESL tutoring program to focus on writing and literacy skills (pull out high needs students from adult ESL classes)
  • Promoted our adult school programs at Mountain View Arts and Wine Festival in September