James Petersen is the head custodian at Rose Avenue School. But he does more than empty trash and sweep classrooms. Jim teaches the children about gardening. Through his encouragement they learn responsibility and they learn how important it is to nurture their gardens.
Essential Work, Extraordinary Workers
Classified employees do the essential work that keeps our schools and community colleges up and running. These extraordinary workers keep our campuses safe, clean and efficient. Most importantly, they strive to improve the lives of our students every day.
From the time students board a school bus to the time they head home at the end of the day, every aspect of their educational experience is impacted by a classified school employee. From the classroom to the playground, the school cafeteria to the college financial aid office – classified employees make a difference in the daily life of student.
Serving our schools and communities
Just as classified employees are on the front lines working to ensure the safety and care of students at school, many are working to build better neighborhoods and communities as well. Whether they’re working for local charities or volunteering in youth sports programs, classified employees serve their communities with the same pride that they serve our students and schools.
CSEA is proud to represent more than 215,000 classified employees in California public schools and community colleges. These dedicated employees perform a wide range of essential work, including security, food services, office and clerical work, school maintenance and operations, transportation, academic assistance and paraeducator services, library and media assistance, computer services and more.