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Placerita Junior High and Golden Oak Adult School create joint computer lab

Posted: July 24, 2009 8:24 p.m.
Updated: July 25, 2009 8:00 a.m.

Placerita Junior High School students take advantage of a new computer classroom that was funded in cooperation with Golden Oak Adult School, to the advantage of both schools.

Placerita Junior High School and Golden Oak Adult School are working together to create a computer lab for students from both of the William S. Hart Union High School District schools to use.

Placerita Junior High School is completing a modernization project budgeted at $9.2 million, which covers modernization of existing classrooms, furniture and equipment, but no additional money for computers.

Golden Oak Adult School received funding for additional computers and software but lacked the space to set up a lab.

So principals Lynda Rick and Mike Kuhlman decided to work together to benefit all of the students. A regular-sized classroom at Placerita was expanded into an adjacent storage area to create a plus-size classroom, and Golden Oak's computers were installed to create a state-of-the-art computerized classroom.

The new computer center is a dedicated classroom that takes advantage of the updated technology. Teachers use the computers for math classes and computer application classes that are part of Placerita's elective wheel.

In addition to the rows of new computers, the classroom is equipped with a ceiling-mounted projector and microphone that allows the instructor to deliver lessons to the class while everything on the teacher's computer screen is projected onto the wall for students to follow.

The classroom is located at the front of the Placerita campus, where it is most convenient for both Placerita and Golden Oak.

At night, the classroom becomes a teaching tool for English-language acquisition classes offered by Golden Oak Adult School. The specialized software purchased with the equipment allows students to progress at their own speed and also helps adults learn skills such as searching the Internet and practicing computer applications that will help them find jobs.

Smaller existing computers labs in the Golden Oak buildings are now devoted to helping students pass the GED and CAHSEE tests.

Golden Oak has supplemental funding through a Workforce Investment Act grant that also allowed the adult school to replace some of the older computers it is using in existing computer labs at both Placerita and Sierra Vista junior high schools as well.

The new Placerita classroom opened for student use in time for the spring semester and will be in full operation for both daytime junior high students and adult evening students with the coming fall semester.


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