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Our History and Service

Martinez Adult Education has been a vital part of the Martinez community, providing educational services for 100 years. Under the governance of the Martinez Unified School District, Martinez Adult Education (MAE) first offered evening classes in 1919 at the high school to Shell employees. Two years later, Shell employees petitioned the district to offer additional courses. By 1925, the adult school schedule included courses in stenography, typing, auto mechanics, and American citizenship. In 1978 MAE had grown to the point of needing its own campus and was moved to the current location at 600 F Street in Martinez on the site of Montecito Elementary School. Today MAE offers over 25 career/technical program certificates through the Business Training Center, Technology Education Center, Peace Officer Standards Training, and several Healthcare training programs. In addition to career/technical programs, MAE offers state-approved courses in English as a Second Language, Adult High School Diploma, GED/Independent Study, and Health and Safety. MAE also serves as the Local Area Education (LEA) for several apprenticeship programs.

General Information

Martinez Adult Education (MAE) is located about 35 miles northeast of San Francisco in the northern part of the Bay Area. Our school is part of the Martinez Unified School District. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Who May Enroll 
Classes are open to all adults 18 and over. Residents of other counties are welcome. There are no additional tuition fees for out-of-county students. In accordance with Title 9, all classes are open to men and women on an equal basis. Martinez Adult Education classes are open to anyone without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, physical disability, political affiliation, or belief.

The tuition for most CTE classes is $150. Each class requires a book which may be purchased on your own, or at the MAE office. Personal & Professional Enrichment classes are supported solely by student fees. Classes may have additional lab fees.

Full refund if the class is canceled by MAE. No refunds after class have begun. To drop or reschedule a class, MAE must be notified 2 business days (Monday through Friday) prior to the start of class. Students may reschedule.

Canceled Classes
Martinez Adult Education reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet minimum enrollment standards.

Children are not permitted in any Martinez Adult Education class except where they are a part of the class setting.

Visitors must obtain a pass in the Martinez Adult Education office.


Permission to Use Photograph or Video Record
Photos or videos of students taking on-campus events become the property of Martinez Adult Education for use in print publications, online, and other marketing media. To be exempt, please send a written request to the office administrator. Students will not be identified by name without the student's permission. Video recording of lectures is not allowed without the instructor's permission.

Uniform Complaint Procedures
In accordance with state guidelines, the District has adopted Uniform Complaint Procedures. Contact the MUSD Office for a copy of the policy at 925-335-5908.

Our Commitment and Purpose

For over 100 years MAE has remained committed to our purpose of meeting the growing and changing needs of the community as evidenced in our Vision and Mission Statements, and WASC Accreditation.

Vision Statement
Meet the evolving individual and community needs through accessible, effective education enabling our students to achieve their educational and career goals.

Mission Statement
Transforming lives by raising academic and literacy levels, providing workforce training and access to post-secondary education, and encouraging students to become active community participants.