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February 22, 2017

In the coming weeks leading up to Leg Day at the Capitol, we urge you to familiarize yourself with the following key talking points related to legislation and the Governor’s FY 17-18 Budget proposal and the proposed refinements we will be pushing for in this budget cycle.  This time is a great time to ensure all members are properly educated as we move through the legislative budget process and ultimately to a vote of the full Legislature in June.

Key Issues

•    “Grant” in Adult Education Block Grant is leading some stakeholders and business officials to view it as short-term, limited funding hindering the K-12 adult school stability that we fought so hard for in the past few budget cycles
•    Current Funding at $500M under AEBG is not Sufficient to Meet the Need and address increasing costs
•    Currently no structured, consistent mechanism exists for the K-12 and community college field to provide feedback and input, much less work with the CDE and Chancellor’s Office on the development of guidance and policy


Read the February 2017 Issue of The Communicator

February 1, 2017

Stay up-to-date on what is happening with CCAE by reading the February issue of The Communicator. In this issue, you can find out more about CCAE’s Leg Day Event beginning on April 3, 2017, register for the 2017 CCAE State Conference happening on May 4-6, 2017 in Long Beach, California, download the CCAE App, request a CCAE Poster highlighting the Top Ten Reasons to Join CCAE by contacting, learn about professional development opportunities at CALPRO, register for OTAN’s Technology and Distance Learning Symposium 2017, and read about Mickey Obermire on our Teacher Spotlight page.

Adult Education Week—April 2-8, 2017

January 12, 2017

Adult Education Week is a good time to build awareness of your programs within the community. Ask your mayor, city council or county board of supervisors to declare one day during the week as ”Adult and Continuing Education Day.” Plan events for the week and let your local media know about them. Schedule an open house, create in-school displays and bulletin boards that focus on your school’s programs and achievements, hang a banner, honor your students, recognize teachers. It’s a week to tell the community where you are and what you do. 

2017 CCAE State Conference

We invite you to share your expertise with colleagues from around the state by submitting a proposal for the 2017 CCAE State Conference on May 4-6, 2017 in Long Beach, California. Submit a proposal.

Take advantage of the Early Bird Registration rate of $350 for the 2017 CCAE State Conference if you register before March 17, 2017! Register now before the rates go up.

Student Spotlight: Norma Tellez

November 1, 2016

Norma Tellez has always envisioned having a career in law enforcement. She wants to be a positive role model by helping and protecting the people of her community. When Norma first moved to the United States at the age of 16, this career path seemed like it would always be just a dream. She had no friends or family in this country and had to figure out how to support herself without understanding English or having papers to legally work. At the age of 19, she had her son and knew it was time to get educated.
Despite seemingly insurmountable odds, there was a fire in Norma that always made her move forward to work toward improving her situation. She enrolled at Ford Park Adult School to learn English, though with work and a young child, attending class was challenging at times. Once her son was old enough for school, she began attending full time and completed all six levels of ESL. From there, she transferred into the High School Diploma Program.
Because Norma was undocumented, she had many jobs in which she was taken advantage of, underpaid, and poorly treated. She endured these hardships because she needed to put food on the table and a roof over her son's head. Norma has an amazing spirit and used these experiences to fuel her desire to improve her small family's life. She knew that education was the key.
Because of her work schedule, Norma could only attend her high school classes at night. Not having anyone to watch her son, she brought him with her. He became a fixture in class, doing his homework alongside his mother and going to sleep under her desk when he grew tired. Seeing Norma and her son together was inspiring. They were truly a team. She would explain to him that while times were hard now, they were temporary, and if they could just work together and help each other, she would make a better life for them.
With tremendous dedication, Norma completed all of her credits and in June 2016 graduated from high school at the top of her class. Her intelligence, positive attitude, and hard work didn't go unnoticed. Norma received the Henke Family Trust Scholarship, the biggest scholarship awarded by Montebello Community Adult School, in order to further her education.
Shortly after receiving her high school diploma, Norma achieved another milestone in her life. She obtained her work permit in the United States. Able to work legally and armed with her diploma, Norma quickly received an entry-level job with growth potential at a local company. She then enrolled in the Protective Services program at Ford Park Adult School, which she has since completed with glowing recommendations from her teachers. With this new certification, after completing six months with her current job, she will have the opportunity to transfer into the security department which will offer a livable wage, benefits, and a retirement package.   In addition, Norma has applied with the Sheriff's Department and passed her written test. With perseverance, passion, and determination, Norma Tellez proves that dreams can become reality!

Adult Education: A Crucial Foundation for Middle Skills

October 1, 2016

More than 24 million US workers lack key foundational skills in reading, math, or spoken English, and would benefit from adult education to help them build the skills needed to pursue occupational training and compete for these jobs. 

Adult education models such as Integrated Education and Training (IET) have a proven track record in helping adult learners acquire key skills, earn secondary and postsecondary credentials, and obtain middle-skill employment.

The National Skills Coalition has developed a fact sheet that highlights four federal policies that can support the implementation of adult education program models such as IET, and provides examples of states that are capitalizing on these policies to do just that. Download the fact sheet (HERE). 

AEBG Resources

September 23, 2016

CCAE has established an AEBG resources page to support the efforts of AEBG in all 71 consortia. Please bookmark this page for additional information regarding:

  • Various regional meetings
  • Notes and information from CCAE/CAEAA sponsored regional meetings
  • Best practices from the field:
    • Data collection, reporting and analysis
    • Developing new programs
    • Student support services


TABE/TASC is the proud sponsor of the AEGB Resources website


August 15, 2016

Exclusive hotel savings for CCAE members. Save up to 55% over online travel agencies and enjoy the convenience of 24/7 concierge. A great option for personal vacations, quick weekend getaways, or business related travel!

Contact for login details or check your email for access code.

CCAE Scholarship Fund

August 1, 2016

When you support Adult Ed, you help adults reach their goals and achieve their potential. Adult education provides a pathway out of poverty into the middle class; it gives students a hand up, not a hand out. CCAE is dedicated to supporting schools in this endeavor by ensuring adequate funding for adult education.

However, we need your help in supporting students in the next step in continuing their education. So many of you have expressed an interest in helping in some way. That’s why CCAE has started a Scholarship Fund.

Please consider sponsoring a student today by donating to the CCAE Scholarship Fund! 100% of your donation will go to help students transition to college and Career Technical Education. Help spread the word!