The Adult Education Block Grant, or as it was first formerly known as AB86, has been for the 2015-2016 State Budget appropriated $500 million to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) and the California Department of Education to allocate funding for adult education. The funds will be provided to eligible consortia for the purpose of implementing regional plans for adult education.
The intent of the Adult Education Block Grant is to expand and improve the provision of adult education via the consortium.
The Steering Committee is comprised of six members who are representatives from each member’s institutions. Their goals are to provide programmatic and budget recommendations to the consortium.
Grants Development Director, Cabrillo College
Point of Contact, Santa Cruz Adult Education Consortium
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The main focus for the working groups are on planning and composed of representatives of members and partners within the college and three districts, who are defined as the “experts” in their field. The main focus for these groups are to align the goals to building career pathways for our community, and assist the consortium with contextualizing all of our grant goals into reality.
The working groups are broken down into the following sections:
1. ESL: This group is focused on aligning course curriculum with Adult Education to Cabrillo’s noncredit courses or credit English as a Second Language courses.
2. Data Research Outcomes: To design and implement tracking system that will help to record the progress of students
3. Marketing: Building a brand for the consortia, as well as ways at looking to build regional marketing
4. CTE/ Apprenticeship: Develop pathways from Adult Education CTE classes to Cabrillo College and/or to employment.
5. ABE/ASE: Look at ways to develop and increase availability to taking the GED. Look at ways to build programs back into sections of the county that haven’t had support.
6. Parents: Setting up parameters given to the group for current parent programs.
Santa Cruz County Adult Ed. Consortium (b) “Consortium” means an adult education consortium approved pursuant to the AB104 article.(84901)
(1) Eligibility shall be limited to consortia consisting of at least one community college district and at least one school district within the boundaries of the community college district, either of which may serve as the consortium’s fiscal agent, as determined by the applicant consortium. ~SEC. 38.
Section 84830 of the Education Code
Consortium Fiscal Agent: Cabrillo College