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The purpose of Clovis Adult Education is to offer lifelong educational opportunities and services, which address the unique needs of our diverse community by providing the means to become productive community members and workers, effective family members, and lifelong learners.


Clovis Adult Education (CAE) offers a public education program, with low-cost classes, for adults 18 and older. Annually we enroll approximately 10,000 students. In addition to adults, this school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. Clovis Adult Education (CAE) has been serving the Fresno/Clovis area and the surrounding communities as part of the Clovis Unified School District since 1968. The Clovis Unified School District is a K-12 public school system that serves the cities of Clovis and Fresno, some unincorporated areas of Fresno County, and the rural community of Friant. The District covers approximately 198-square miles, and has a student population exceeding 40,000. Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Fresno/Clovis area lies at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, in the geographical and economic heart of the agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley.


Clovis Adult Education offers classes in Academics, ESL, Career Technical Education in Business and Nurse Education & Health Careers, Older Adult, and Community Education programs. All of our teachers are certificated through the State of California, or are experienced in their related fields.

Clovis Adult Education is located at 1452 David E. Cook Way, in Clovis, and occupies a 50,000 square foot, facility located one block south of the Clovis Unified School District main office, on the SE corner of Sunnyside and Herndon Avenues. The campus includes 38 classrooms, an administrative office, Nurse Education office, Community Education office, Financial Aid/Agency office, eight computer labs, bookstore, nursing lab, a meeting center, faculty lounge and a student lounge. Students and staff are afforded easy access to the school via two paved and landscaped parking lots, with combined space for more than 290 vehicles. Clovis Adult Education has grown to become the third largest adult school in the Central Valley.


Kevin Cookingham, Director, Adult and Vocational Education
Ed Schmalzel, Learning Director, Career Technical Education
Courtney McMahon, Guidance learning Director for Academics and Career Technical Education
Crystal Rodriguez,Guidance Learning Specialist for Academics
Gwen Ross, Coordinator, Nurse Education
Kelly Peterson, Coordinator, Community Education Program
Community Education office
Rick Talley, Guidance Learning Director, Career Placement


Our course catalog circulates to residents throughout Clovis and our neighboring communities. These catalogs are mailed out three times a year; in July (Fall classes), December (Winter/Spring I classes), and April (Spring II/Summer). If you do not receive a catalog in the mail, please visit our website at for information or feel free to pick up a catalog at our main campus located at 1452 David E. Cook Way in Clovis.


It is our goal that all Clovis Adult Education students will master the following Student Learning Outcomes during their education experience at CAE.

Active Problem Solvers: Apply critical thinking skills and problem-solving processes. Utilize technology on the job and in day-to-day life.

Goal Setters and Achievers: Establish and accomplish constructive short-and long-term goals.

Effective Communicators: Use spoken and written communication competently and confidently. Use technology creatively and ethically.

Quality Producers: Demonstrate a strong work ethic. Strive for excellence. Work well independently and with others.

Involved Community Members: Respect the rights of others. Make a positive contribution to your family, school, workplace, and community.


Clovis Adult Education is proud to have received many approvals and accreditations from a large number of prestigious local and national organizations. One of our most notable achievements is our six year dual accreditation from the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC is the same organization that accredits California State University, Fresno and the University of California. Clovis Adult Education is one of the few Valley schools to have earned this high level of academic excellence and recognition.

Clovis Adult Education is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.

Clovis Adult Education is also accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


The State Center Adult Education Consortium (SCAEC) region includes Fresno and Madera counties and borders portions of Kings and Tulare counties. The SCAEC currently has fifty-five (55) members and partners including twenty-nine (29) school districts, three community college campuses and twenty-one (21) community based organizations. The SCAEC maintains significant and expansive collaborative relationships between the State Center Community College District and regional area school districts with a focus on adult education, funding and community based partnerships. Visit the website here.

Revised 11-29-2016
Updated: Fri 22 Sep 2017
1452 David E. Cook Way, Clovis, CA 93611 (559) 327-2800