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Executive Director's Message
August 2014

Stepping up to Leadership:
We are extremely grateful for the many CCAE members who provide dedicated leadership for their Sections and Chapters over many years, yet it is particularly exciting to see the new faces that step up to assume the duties of treasurer, membership coordinator, event planner, secretary or offices involving even more responsibility. This fresh energy is critical to the health and evolution of our professional organization. Whether you assist on a conference planning team, as a legislative advocate or board officer, you will be part of a team that provides a noble service to your adult education colleagues and students. In addition, if your experience is similar to mine, you will stretch your leadership skills and develop valued long-term friendships. We currently have a significant representation of teachers and support staff in leadership positions and would very much like to see this representation expand. Let your local Chapter or Section President know you are ready to help out!   

Membership = Strength:
Statewide membership increased by 12.8% last year, thanks in good part to individuals like you who invited a colleague to join. That's over 310 new voices championing adult education and supporting CCAE's mission of providing quality staff development, staff recognition and legislative advocacy. Please continue to spread the word.

Regular Membership Benefits:
• The camaraderie and solidarity of 2700 adult educators
• Opportunities for Excellence Awards nominations
• Staff training to enhance your work success
• Access to low cost healthcare
• Timely emails with adult education updates and alerts
• Opportunities for legislative advocacy
• Enrollment in COABE—our national literacy organization affiliate
• Membership rates for regional and state CCAE events
• More details at  

Member Drives begin in August or September depending upon school, service areas and chapter's timelines. It is extremely helpful if site leaders foster opportunities for staff to learn about CCAE's mission. These might include social events, presentations to staff, sign-up tables, renewal or new member incentives, membership drawings, electronic newsletters or even more creative outreach ideas.

Is Your School an Institutional Member? Last year, 57 adult schools took a stand to directly support the work of CCAE by registering as Institutional Members. Included with institutional membership is a beautiful wall plaque, acknowledgment on our state website and conference program, and full membership rights for two staff members named by that institution. Go to  for an Institutional Membership enrollment form.

Able to make a larger financial contribution? Consider becoming a Golden Circle Member at the $150 per year level or enroll in the new Diamond member category at $250. Members will receive a plaque, listing on the CCAE website and mention in the conference program. Most importantly, you will strengthen CCAE's ability to advocate, provide training and celebrate excellence. 

Jerry Green
CCAE Executive Director


AB86 Update
August 2014

By now many of you have participated in Regional Consortium planning to coordinate strategies between K-12 based Adult Schools and the Community Colleges to better serve adult learners.  The first quarterly report from each of the consortia was due on July 31st.  This first report focused in on Objectives 1, 2 and 4 of what the State Workgroup and the Legislation states in AB 86 asking for each consortium to gather.  The objectives are:

  • An evaluation of current levels and types of adult education programs within its region, including education for adults in correctional facilities; credit, noncredit, and enhanced noncredit adult education coursework; and programs funded through Title II of the federal Workforce Investment Act, known as the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Public Law 105-220).
  • An evaluation of current needs for adult education programs within its region.
  • Plans to address the gaps identified pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2).

We will now be able to see what we currently offer throughout the state in Adult Education.  We will also be able to see what our current needs will be as a result of not only the cuts to Adult Education but other events that have taken place in California that may drive what we must do for adults seeking education and re-training.  An initial draft of the statewide data on these objectives should be available in the next few months. 

In the meantime, please keep participating in Regional Consortia activities.  Last month the CASAS Summer Institute put on an amazing session which I was a panel member, attracting over 200 California Adult Educators to discuss AB 86.  Entitled "AB 86- California Consortia: Sharing Progress, Plans and Challenges" this session provided a forum to learn about the successes, challenges and opportunities that have been presented to us as we have been planning for the future of Adult Education.  For a link to the powerpoint, click here.  

If you would like to share what you are doing for planning of your Regional Consortium in this column, please drop me a line 

Chris Nelson
CCAE Past President


Student Spotlight—Yolanda Davis
Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center
Los Angeles Unified School District—Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE)

Yolanda Davis is the definition of dedication and a positive attitude. Despite her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and her stellar work experience, Yolanda found herself in the position that many of our adult education students find themselves in when they first enter our doors: unemployed. However, instead of letting her situation bring her down, Yolanda chose to see it as an opportunity.

With the goal of updating her employability skills in order to reenter the workforce, Yolanda came to Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center, part of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE). She enrolled in the Administrative Assistant 1: Office Procedures class with instructor Dianne Jackson. Ms. Jackson found Yolanda to be “honest and straightforward in her approach to her work, business, and family,” and Yolanda excelled in the class.

In addition to her regular curriculum, Yolanda also volunteered in the academic department using the data-entry and records management skills she had learned in class to help the school run smoothly. Yolanda soon advanced to Administrative Assistant 2: Business English and then on to the Customer Service course. It was during this time that she became involved in tutoring other students in computer operations and basic math and began using her exemplary writing skills to contribute articles to the “Class Action Newsletter.”

But Yolanda didn’t stop there. She also took on leadership roles in the Career and Technical Education department, including leading activities to raise more than $1000 for student scholarships. Her dedication to her fellow students paid off in the spring of 2014 when Yolanda was nominated for and awarded a CCAE Los Angeles Metropolitan Section student scholarship of $500 to continue her studies. Yolanda recently used the scholarship money to purchase textbooks and enroll again with Ms. Jackson in the third class in the Administrative Assistant sequence, Business Math.

Yolanda continues to interview for positions and says that her future plans consist of continuing to improve herself, “whether that entails taking more courses or becoming employed, whichever comes first!” She also hopes to someday use her writing skills to write a memoir about her life experiences and overcoming adversity and to give advice to others who may find themselves in similar circumstances. With Yolanda Davis’ work ethic and determination to help others, coupled with the skills she is learning in her adult education courses, it is certain that her story will have a happy ending.


Migration Policy Institute

On June 18th, the Migration Policy Institute, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think-tank, based in Washington, D.C., released a new report called "Critical Choices in Post-Recession California: Investing in the Educational and Career Success of Immigrant Youth." The executive summary and full report, which I helped review (the segments on Adult Education), can be found at: The report focuses in on first- and second-generation immigrant youth, ages 16 to 26, detailing many of the issues that immigrant youth and young adults face in all parts of California--including lower graduation rates, lack of support, and barriers to transition to college. Some items in this report that standout, as it relates to California immigrant youth, are: - A staggering 230,000 immigrant youth lack a high school diploma or High School Equivalency Certification. - The ELL graduation rate is 63%, compared to the overall state level of 80%. - 122,000 young adults are not eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), due to education requirements at the time of the President's executive order and in need of Adult Education to satisfy those requirements. This report states the issues very well and makes the connection that the education of immigrant youth and young adults is critical to the success of California's economic competitiveness, as we need to produce, by 2025, 2.3 million new college graduates on top of the 3.2 million that are already expected. Even though this study is focusing on immigrant youth, it goes into great detail about the overall current budget/programming situation with California's K-12 Adult Schools and names the issues that have concerned us over the past five years. In addition, the report offers recommendations that will be helpful as we work with the legislature and the governor's office for dedicated Adult Education funding. Take the time to read the full report; but if you can't read it all, please make sure that you read Part VI "Adult Education as an On-Ramp to Postsecondary Success" (Pages 65-74).


Supporters of Adult Education Update

imgThank you for being one of over 3,223 supporters of Adult Ed who have signed up to receive important information about the current dismantling of the State's Adult Education program that has been in existence since 1856. The first class was held in the basement of St. Mary's Cathedral on Grant Avenue in San Francisco. Since that time, the Adult Education program grew to serve over 1.2 million students. Now, statewide enrollments are estimated to be down to 600,000 students and the total is continuing to drop each year.

By joining this email group you will be receiving information on what is happening both locally and at the state level that is affecting Adult Education. Honestly, we are expecting most news will be bad UNLESS we act in a coordinated way to express to decision makers the importance of Adult Education and how their decisions are having detrimental effects on the program. We need your voice!


In these emails you will not only get the status of Adult Ed but you will also, at times, be asked to act. This could mean sending a letter to your representatives, calling their offices, attending a school board meeting or possibly traveling to the capital to voice your concerns and opinions directly to legislators while they meet in their committees.

The battle ground to save adult education continues to reside within the Legislature.  Continue to make calls and send letters and emails to your legislators. Be sure to copy our office at or fax 866-941-5129 so we may present hard copies when lobbying the issue. Please encourage others to join the Supporters of Adult Education campaign to keep the pressure on the Legislature to save adult education.

Contributed by:

Steve Curiel
CCAE South Coast Past President





The Communicator
August 2014

Executive Director's Message
Legislative Update
Mission Possible Encrypted Message
AB86: Regional Consortium
Teacher Spotlight
Student Spotlight
Migration Policy Institute
OTAN Professional Development
CALPRO Professional Development

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Legislative Update and Call to Action Webinar

Missed the Legislative Update and Call to Action Webinar on July 31 hosted by CCAE’s Legislative Liaison, Dawn Koepke?  Click on the following link for a full recording of this critical training.   

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It is absolutely critical that legislators (and their staff) hear directly from their constituents about the looming risk for their local adult schools to be able to continue to provide services to those most at risk in their communities.

While we are engaged in the development of local regional consortium plans as provided under AB 86 (2013), the concern for the future existence of K12 adult schools is at an all time high. The two-year maintenance of effort (MOE) as provided for in the 2013 budget is set to expire July 1, 2015. Unfortunately, after that date there is no funding currently available to support K12 based adult education—despite the regional consortia process. More...

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Agents for Change:

The response to our monthly encryptions has been great! A new message will be posted on the first of each month with the answers following on the 15th. Every correct submission earns one ticket for our special drawing at the upcoming CCAE state conference. Send your answers to Darlene Neilsen by 9/15:

Happy solving!

Darlene Neilsen

OTaN Professional Development

OTAN is announcing a Request for Proposals for the Community Model of Online Learning project. Three pilot projects will be established to increase the quantity, quality, and effectiveness of online and blended instruction to support adult learners. Applicants must be a California-based, Workforce Investment Act, Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act-funded agency with a history of success serving adult learners. For more information, please visit OTAN and log in. If you are not yet an OTAN member, it is free. Just select the "Register here!" link to enroll.


Want To Know About CALPRO Workshops?

There's still time to get in on CALPRO's professional development offerings before the start of another school year! For the first time ever, Community of Practice:  Evidence-Based Reading Instruction is being offered in Northern California. The deadline is nearly here, so submit your institutions' applications right away! Additionally, Rubrics Revealed: How Rubrics Support ESL Learner Self-Assessment webinar will be offered in August. You can register here for these and other summer events.

Contact CCAE

PO Box 978
Los Alamitos, CA 90720-0978

Phone: 888-542-2231
Fax: 866-941-5129

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