Adult Education Legislative & Budget Update
With the Legislature reconvening for its final push to the end of the 2023 legislative session, things are heating up in the Legislature with the fate of almost two thousand bills yet to be decided. Notably, the Legislature reconvened from their summer recess on August 14th and will work feverishly for the next month leading up to the end of session on September 14th to take action on the remaining bills pending in both houses. At this stage, many bills are on hold in the powerful Appropriations Committees in both houses, pending review of their fiscal impacts and any potential to mitigate those costs to advance them to the Governor’s desk for consideration. The Appropriations Committees are expected to take up their Suspense Files, where the bills are on hold for fiscal review, at the end of this month. Those bills that are voted off the Suspense File and to the Senate and Assembly Floors will then have to receive approval from the full body in both houses in order to advance to the Governor’s desk for his consideration and action by October 14th.
Click the button below to view a snapshot of some of the key bills CCAE and CAEAA have been engaged in discussions regarding over the past few months.
Pleasanton Adult and Career Education (PACE) is proud to spotlight Michael Franco. He is an intern in our Adults with Disabilities Paid Internship Program. While working at Strizzi's, a local Italian restaurant in Pleasanton and one of his three internship locations last year, Michael gained valuable skills as a host/greeter. During his second rotation, Michael worked at Crown Trophy where he developed skills in order fulfillment, proofreading, assembly, packaging, and quality control. His final rotation was with Omron Robotics and Safety Technologies, where he worked on the manufacturing and inventory lines in the production warehouse.
Throughout his three rotations last year, Michael demonstrated a welcoming and attentive customer-service oriented heart with the goal to "Earn a 5-Star Rating." Michael's work was so appreciated by Strizzi's management that he was offered a part-time job at the restaurant working on the weekends. Congratulations to Michael on his success!
PACE Interns have worked at numerous locations within Pleasanton Unified School District gaining experience as custodians, clerical and child nutrition services staff, and classroom aides. Additionally, they have interned at various businesses throughout the city including the Alameda County Fairgrounds in the Professional Gardens Exhibit, Richert Lumber ACE Hardware in retail, Black Tie Transportation in vehicle detailing, City of Pleasanton Gingerbread Preschool as classroom aides, and DoubleTree by Hilton Pleasanton in housekeeping. Our interns work 4 hours per day at their worksite with job coaching that provides faded support over time, and they attend a 1-hour class each day where they develop and refine workforce readiness skills that will help them be successful in their current and future employment. For more information about this program, please visit: Pleasanton Adult and Career Education Paid Internship Program
This past spring, National Geographic filmed short videos on students from Sweetwater Union High School District, and Veronica Ochoa was chosen to speak about her experience with Adult Education. She was able to speak so eloquently and authentically due to having gone through all of SUHSD Adult Ed. Programs. Her most recent experience with Adult Education was being enrolled in a CTE course with the IET component during Spring 2023. With the breath of skills ad knowledge she has received in every one of her Adult Education programs, Veronica now has the confidence to continue her education in college to further achieve her goals.
Thank you to everyone referring new members to CCAE and participating in our opportunity drawing. Last quarter's winners are now out!
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Sandy Matsumura started the Torrance Adult School (TAS) CCAE Chapter five years ago. She has kept the chapter up and running since then, in several roles such as President, President-Elect, and other various Chair positions. Sandy has represented Torrance Adult School and the CCAE Torrance Chapter by participating in South Coast Section meetings both online via Zoom and face-to-face. As a gracious host, she has also led the Torrance Adult School CCAE Chapter in meetings with legislators and attended Legislative Day several times in Sacramento.
As the senior Staff Assistant at TAS, Mrs. Matsumura is often the first face that students see when they walk into the main office or the first voice they hear when they call. She always has a cheerful, welcoming disposition that makes even Torrance Adult School second language learners feel comfortable and safe. Sandy is the "go-to" person for anything at TAS for teachers, students, and all staff. She has the answers!
Sandy Matsumura epitomizes an exceptional classified staff member at TAS, caring about the support and success of the students served at TAS. She consistently goes beyond the call of duty for the students, staff, and greater adult education community.
As an organization, we strive to be as valuable to our members as possible. Each year we use a survey to listen to our membership to learn how we can be our best. Your voice matters!
Avi is an extraordinary teacher who is the true master of juggling. He has been a gift in adult ed. and brings a bridge and model to our adult education world by aligning resources and knowledge used in his other teaching assignments at the university and community college level. He is an outstanding instructor who is devoted to his adult students’ success. He excels in curriculum development, ESL, and hybrid teaching and learning. He uses various formats to create an effective learning environment which engages and supports all students. He uses technology to provide lessons, presentations, and asynchronous and synchronous discussions.
Avi, a Canvas LMS guru, takes his teaching to the next level with the help of this powerful learning management system. With Canvas, Avi is able to create engaging and interactive lessons that keep his students on track and motivated. He uses the platform to post assignments, quizzes, and discussions, to provide feedback and support to his students in real time; and train teachers.
He models the use of technology as a tech-savvy teacher who has been using technology to engage his students in the online classroom like never before. From interactive multimedia presentations to gamified learning experiences, Avi has been using a variety of digital tools to create an engaging and dynamic learning environment that keeps his students motivated and on track.
Avi is the definition of life-long learner, he constantly seeks opportunities to grow professionally, and is a natural in building community and making his colleagues and students feel safe and heard. He has a commitment to lifelong learning and is an inspiration to his colleagues and his students alike. His dedication to ongoing growth and development sets an example for all of us to follow, reminding us that the learning process never truly ends and that there is always more to discover and explore.
Good Ideas for Improvement, Lots of Details to Work Out
Leaders of CCAE and CAEAA (California Adult Education Administrators Association) have jointly developed a response to the recent report of the Legislative Analyst's Office recommending an overhaul in the funding model for California adult education. CCAE and CAEAA see merit in a number of the interests of the report's recommendations. They see much need for study and dialog to develop the recommendations in ways that will maintain services to adult learners and maintain financial stability of CAEP consortium members. See their full response here.
A New Hire at Straight Up Technologies
A Venice Skills Center grad has joined the information technology company!