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Paramount Education Partnership (PEP)
The Paramount Education Partnership, or PEP, is an alliance between the City of Paramount, the Paramount Unified School District, and the Paramount Chamber of Commerce. It is dedicated to providing programs and services that increase the academic achievement and educational attainment of the City's residents. 

More on the formation of PEP.


PEP College Scholarships

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PEP, through the 501(c)3 Paramount Education Partnership, Inc., offers annual scholarships of $1,000 for students attending a community college, $3,000 for students who attend a California State University including vocational/trade/technical schools, and $4,000 for students attending a UC and/or private accredited four-year institution within the United States.

Scholarship applications are available for downloading in January of each year. Applications can also be obtained up at City Hall or the Community Services and Recreation Department. Applications for 2020 must be submitted by February 14, 2020. The winners are announced in May/June. For more information, please contact the Recreation Department at (562) 220-2121. Past PEP Scholarship winners are welcome to apply as long as they are working toward their first bachelor's degree.

To view videos on the different aspects of PEP, please click here.

 


Programs at the Community Learning Resource Center at Spane Park

(562) 220-2250, 14400 Gundry Avenue

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In conjunction with the Paramount Education Partnership (PEP), the City of Paramount operates the Community Learning Resource Center at Spane Park, 14400 Gundry Ave. The Center – which can be reached at (562) 220-2250 – offers the following programs and classes for adult residents.

  

VESL/Basic Computer-Spanish

This class is designed to build essential job competencies, evaluate potential vocational abilities, and provide job-readiness skills to obtain employment in today’s competitive job market. It also features basic computer training for adults who have no experience with computers. The class takes place Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. You must register through Adult Education and Diversity Programs at Cerritos College. Visit www.cerritos.edu.

Occupational Training-Basic Skills (Level 2 - Advanced Beginning)

This class builds on the skills learned in level one. The class will help develop your computer competence, give you plenty of hands-on practice, and help you increase proficiency as you gain new understanding and fill in the gaps in your current skills. The class takes place Monday and Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. You must register through Adult Education and Diversity Programs at Cerritos College. Visit www.cerritos.edu.

Adult Aerobics/Zumba Class

A healthy lifestyle tends to produce a healthy mind. PEP seeks to provide opportunities aimed at promoting this kind of activity. If you are looking to improve your cardiovascular efficiency, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, coordination, and percentage of body fat, this fitness class can help. Offered Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Adult Basic Skills Learning/ESL

This is a partnership with the Paramount Adult School designed to help students develop communicative competence in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The curriculum is designed to meet the diverse needs of students, ranging from the English of daily living to the language required for entry into vocational and academic programs. The content and instructional strategies reflect the California ESL Model Standards for Adult Education Programs. The class is a small group so all students are guaranteed individual time and the instructor can better meet their needs. The use of educational software, workbooks, and educational websites allows students hands-on instructional practice. Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please call (562) 220-2250 for additional information.

Plaza Comunitaria Class

Plaza Comunitaria is a program that offers a great opportunity for adults who have emigrated from Spanish-speaking countries to finish or begin their elementary and secondary education in Spanish. Classes are offered Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 pm. Please call (562) 220-2250 for additional information.

Citizenship Class

This course prepares immigrants for the citizenship process as well as the INS examination and interview.  The course emphasizes oral communication and assists the strengthening of English language skills for those limited in English.  Class is offered Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.

General Education Development (GED) Preparation-Spanish

The GED Preparation course will get students ready to take the battery of courses required to obtain their High School Equivalency (HSE) certificate.  The areas the course focuses on are language arts (reading and writing), social studies, science, and mathematics.  The class is offered Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.