Transforming an Adult School to a Postsecondary Institution

In 2008, Twin Rivers Unified School District had just been born as a merger of Grant Joint Union High School District with it feeder districts.  But the celebration was muted by the Great Recession hitting California, and leading to a dramatic reduction of school funding.  During this time, California Adult Schools had their funding frozen and placed in “Tier 3”.  This meant that the district could take that funding and use it for any program.

With the writing being on the wall, the new Twin Rivers Adult School principal, Kirk Williams, set out the bold vision of transforming the adult school from a school that mostly had small career technical education (CTE) programs, to one that had larger programs, such as Truck Driving, HVAC, and Licensed Vocational Nursing, and to then become Title IV Accredited so the school could administer Pell Grants as part of Federal Student Aid.  And I was put in charge of making this transformation happen.


In 2008, with the Great Recession hitting California, many California Adult Schools lost a tremendous amount of funding.

To combat this challenge, Twin Rivers Adult School transformed its primary economic model from one of receiving State apportionment funding, to one in which it offered significant Career Technical Education programs, and charged fees for these programs, that students could pay entirely through Pell Grants.

I was responsible for making this transformation happen.


Twin Rivers Adult School


Federal Student Aid Administration
School and Program Development