Updated December 2016
This joint initiative of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) and the California Department of Education (CDE) seeks to create a regionally aligned adult education system serving individuals age 18 or older across seven core program areas. Objectives include supporting the seamless transition to postsecondary education and the workforce; addressing gaps in services; accelerated learning; professional development; and leveraging existing structures such as local workforce investment areas.
Resources: Legislation (AB86, AB104, Education Code Section 84900)
Two of the program’s seven goals relate directly to sector-based instruction:
Grants to systems serving individuals age 18 or older require each consortium to use a range of common assessments and policies to place adults seeking education and workforce services into adult education programs. These assessments are also used to measure program effectiveness.
The state-level collaborative work group includes the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and the CDE with additional support from the Employment Development Division and the California Workforce Development Board. This collaborative will assist in aligning delivery of services across state and regional workforce, education, and job service programs.
At the local level, grants were made to 71 Adult Education Regional Consortia composed of adult schools, community colleges, universities, local workforce boards, libraries, community-based organizations, public safety and social services agencies, and employers.
Each consortium develops a comprehensive adult education plan for its region, and allocates funds with input from all members and the public.
Any community college district, school district, or county office of education within the boundaries of the adult education region must become a consortia member to receive funds from the following programs:
High-quality instructional practices are required in each consortium’s plan. Apprenticeship is included within the program’s seven core areas of focus.
Grants call for supporting seamless transition from adult education to postsecondary education, and provide funds to build comprehensive student supports.
The Chancellor and Superintendent identified measures to assess a consortium’s effectiveness, including the following metrics at minimum:
The assessments and policies used to place adults into education programs are also used to measure participants’ educational needs and the effectiveness of providers in addressing those needs.
There are ongoing efforts to align Adult Education Block Grants (AEBGs) and WIOA Title II performance accountability to build a unified state adult education system.
The Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) is an important source for supporting high-need adults’ academic and workforce skills growth. There is opportunity to enhance program design and delivery to build more capacity and measure outcomes.
A focus on sector-based instruction promotes short-term, primarily noncredit learning opportunities that target specific employer needs. This strategy could restrict participants’ future training opportunities and career trajectory as courses may not transfer to a credit-bearing curriculum, and skills may not be portable.
Initiative placement strategy could improve coordination between K-12, adult education, and California Community College systems. Collaboration on curriculum design, assessment alignment, and development of bridge programs could improve initiative design and institutional delivery, more effectively accelerating student progress toward academic or career goals.
AEBG could be scaled to new levels of value and impact when combined with comprehensive academic, social, and financial supports such as:
A Roadmap for Joint Regional Planning from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office can help initiatives identify resources, tools, key questions, and regional partners in order to facilitate collaboration around WIOA and the Strong Workforce Program.
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