If You Love Adult Education, Please Take Action for the $100 Million Increase



Click HERE to take action right away.

As we continue to review and think about the implications of the May Revise we are hearing a lot of concern and confusion about where we are now and what we need to do next. Here are a couple of comments to explain where we are and next steps for the field.

Why did Adult Ed get a reduction of $1 million when there is more revenue in the state?

The $1 million reduction corresponds with the independent COLA calculation that is tied to a number of variables. One variable is the national Implicit Price Deflator for state and local governments. This variable was released late April and was lower than expected and results in a decrease in the COLA calculation from 3.46% to 3.26%, or about $1 million from the $18 million projected in the January proposal. That’s still an overall increase of $17 million to Adult Ed and we appreciate that but it is not enough.

What happens now?

The legislature will soon produce their budget proposal which will then be negotiated with the Governor against his May Revise. They will negotiate over the next few weeks and come up with a final budget by June. This is our last opportunity to make our strong argument for an increase of $110 million that is based on real costs and challenges that Adult Ed is facing. Your local legislators (assemblyperson and senator), regardless of what committees they sit on need to hear from you and your students now. It comes down to who’s voice is strongest. I know we are strong!

So how can I help?

Use the link below to call (or send a message if you are uncomfortable calling) your legislators. Ask your students to to do the same. Tell your legislators how important Adult Education is for your students and their family. Keep calling until they give you an answer. Either, I will ask for more funding for Adult Ed or I will not ask for more funding. A “we support Adult Ed” is not good enough. We respectfully ask to know what they are going to do. Keep your demeanor humble but firm.

Key points to make:

  • Adult Ed is asking for an increase $110 million to address real challenges that are resulting in the reduction of programs and services to students and thereby keeping the California Dream of becoming real for thousands of Californians.

  • The Governor and legislature are strong supporters of early childhood education and the Governor states early childhood education is “one of the best investments the state can make.” However, you can’t have early childhood education without the involvement of the parents. And Adult Education serves the parents who are in the worst position to help their children due to their low academic skills, low English skills, poverty, etc. Our students and their families are the population the Governor and legislature keep talking about. Don’t forget to help the parents help their children.

  • The Governor states “the idea that every person can achieve a better life, regardless of where they start out-is central to who we are as Californians. As elected representatives of the people, it's our job to make the California Dream real once more.” Adult Ed is helping hundreds of thousands of student and their families realize the California Dream but we are losing ground because of stagnant funding.

Click HERE to take action right away!

The legislators need to hear it from their constituents (YOU) that this funding is vital to them and impacts their districts in significant ways.

Thank you!

Request for Proposal

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The California Council for Adult Education is seeking proposals to provide support for its communications, membership, and conference services.

These functions are currently being provided by the CCAE State Office Manager. However, the current manager has resigned effective June 30. The current office manager will provide training for successful bidders and will be available for consultation during a six-month transition period. Proposals due by Friday, May 31, 2019.

Call to Action for "The Final Countdown"


Write a Letter

Make a Call


  • Call your local legislators to support our Adult Ed “ask” for $110 million in funding in 2019-2020!

  • Ask your K-12 Superintendent and School Board to contact your local legislators as well!

  • Ask your family and friends to join in “The Final Countdown” Red Letter Week Call-to-Action!

CCAE Membership Survey- We Greatly Value Your Feedback!

As you know, CCAE is a membership organization; therefore, ensuring that members perceive value and benefits from their membership is of paramount importance to us as an organization. To that end, last year, CCAE adopted a new five year strategic plan. Membership is one of the key goal areas of that strategic plan. The plan calls for us to do an annual membership survey. I’m pleased to announce that our first annual membership survey is ready to launch here at our State Conference! We strongly encourage you to participate in the survey … and to help us make CCAE even stronger.  

Click the link below to fill out the survey:

CCAE History–Celebrating 75 Years

The Mission of CCAE


As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the California Council for Adult Education (CCAE), let's take one last look back at a bit of our history. If you'll remember, last month we took a look at the structure of CCAE. This month, the Mission:

CCAE has always focused on promoting professional standards for adult educators and influencing legislation that protects and promotes Adult Education in California.

One of CCAE's major task is to keep a vigilant watch on legislation that affects the Adult Education community in California. By communicating with, and keeping our Assemblyman and Senators informed of Adult Education needs, we can foster better legislation for Adult Education.

The California Council for Adult Education is people working together for the advancement and continued professionalization of Adult Education in California. CCAE is unique among education organizations in its breadth of membership. Our members are the practitioners of Adult Education: Teachers, administrators, counselors, classified support staff, students and community.

Mission Statement

The mission of the California Council for Adult Education is to take a leadership role in promoting adult education, providing professional development, and effecting change to best serve the needs and interests of adult education, the CCAE membership and the people of California.

With a starting membership of 244 in 1944, to the nearly 3,000 members today, we continue to be guided by these words:

"To all of you who fought a noble battle and won a creditable victory goes the thanks and gratitude of all people who believe in adult education. Adult education would have been seriously hurt this year if it had not been for the united efforts of the California Council for Adult Education, the California Teachers Association, the California Association of Adult Administrators, and thousands of interested adults and citizens."

Our struggles are not over. Undoubtedly additional attempts will be made to curtail the finances and the programs of adult education. Your membership and the memberships of all your associates are needed now to continue the fine work of the legislation committee and your officers. Let us not wait until the crisis is upon us. We must act now."

Dr. George C. Mann
October, 1953
From the Council News (forerunner of the Communicator) 

This information was condensed from the CCAE State Leadership Handbook, 2018-2019. Most of the information was researched by Steve Prantalos (Executive Director, 1999-2013) and Virginia Donnellan, (President, 1995-1996).

I hope you will join me in celebrating the 75th anniversary of the California Council for Adult Education (CCAE). May we continue to work together in support of the adult students in the state of California for many years to come.

Best Wishes for a great month ahead---I hope to see you at LEG Day in Sacramento and the CCAE State Conference in San Diego!

Adriana Sanchez-Aldana
Executive Director
California Council for Adult Education (CCAE)

Teacher Spotlight

Geno Malkiewicz


After many years of teaching in secondary education, including six years in the Middle East, Elk Grove Adult and Community Education (EGACE) has been Geno’s professional home for the past five years. For the past three years, he has been teaching courses, using the Career Choices and Changes in EGACE’s bridge-to-post-secondary program, “Career and Academic Preparation” (CAP), Geno demonstrates exceptional skills and knowledge of college and career education through. He is a high-energy and innovative instructor whose passion for teaching and learning keeps his students engaged and moving toward the goal of successful transition into post-secondary education, training, and/or a career. He teaches his students how to explore their options to meet their education, career, and lifestyle goals; develop professional and computer skills; and how to use new financial tools to improve their everyday life. He has presented at various conferences and training and has consulted with several adult education agencies and community colleges around the state to provide resources and support for their college and career readiness programs.

The majority of Geno’s students successfully complete the program, and they have reported back to him that they have enrolled in community college or Sacramento State University and are working toward their goal of earning post-secondary degree; they have obtained jobs working for the state of California, as well as careers for which they trained and/or worked in their native country. They have formed cross-culture support groups while in class, and they continue to support one another even after they have completed the program. One of his students, who was living in a homeless shelter with her two teenaged children during the time she was attending the class, is now living on her own and has started a catering business. Both of her children are now enrolled in a community college in Sacramento. Another former student got a job working at the State Chancellor’s Office. After 18 months of employment, she was twice promoted and receives full health benefits, a full retirement package, and 401K/457 plans.

Geno also works at the Folsom-Cordova Adult School as a transition specialist. In this role he meets with students to assist them as they prepare to move from adult education into post-secondary education, career training, and/or a career.

Submitted by the CCAE Northern Section

In Memoriam


Paul Shatswell, Principal of Pittsburg Adult School passed away Sunday, March 24th. He had been principal at Pittsburg Adult School since May 2018.

His family and his Pittsburg USD colleagues have arranged for an opportunity to gather with Paul's family, friends and colleagues to honor Paul's life.   

Here are the specifics: 

What: Celebration of Life
Date: Friday, April 5th, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Pittsburg USD Creative Arts Center
Pittsburg High School
250 School Street
Pittsburg, CA 94565

In addition, the Pittsburg Adult Education Center (PAEC) is collecting cash contributions or grocery gift cards to help offset the costs for the care of Paul's youngest three boys (6, 12 & 13 years old). If you are interested in making contributions to this fund, please contact Lisa Williams (Accountant), Pittsburg Adult Education Center (PAEC), 1151 Stoneman Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565.  Lisa can also be reached at 925-473-2403 (direct line).  The main number at PAEC is 925-473-2400.

2019 CCAE State Conference Overflow Hotel



A dedicated website is now available to reserve rooms for 2019 CCAE State Conference on April 25-27, 2019 in San Diego, California at the Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island. Please note that the Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island hotel is located 0.8 miles (16 minute walk) from the conference hotel.

Book online or call 1.800.445.8667 and use Group Code: CCAE.

Student Success Story: Xiaoyi Yi Li

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Xiaoyi Yi Li was born in the province of Guangdong in China. Her father was a teacher and the inspiration for Xiaoyi Yi to become a teacher as well. Growing up, she always enjoyed school and started learning English in middle school. She was a top student and received numerous academic awards. Xiaoyi Yi became an elementary school teacher and taught in China for six years, then resigned to emigrate to the United States in 1999.

She had met her husband when they were in China, but he and his family had also emigrated to the United States and they were married in California. Xiaoyi Yi was anxious to continue her education in America.  She recalls arriving in California on a Friday, going to an amusement park that weekend, and registering for ESL classes at the Rosemead Adult School on Monday. She was put on wait list, so she decided to enroll in evening classes at Rosemead High School where she was placed in ESL Level 1 (Beginning Low). She was later called by the Rosemead Center where she was reevaluated and placed into Connie Villaruel’s Intermediate-Low class in the morning and Carmen Garcia’s ESL Level 3 class in the afternoon. Xiaoyi Yi finished all levels of ESL, completing the program in 2001.

Xiaoyi Yi’s next step was the High School Independent Studies Program which she completed in 2003. At the same time, she was working on her high school diploma, Xiaoyi Yi was taking classes at Pasadena City College where she obtained both an Associates of Arts and Associates of Science degrees with a major in Applied and Liberal Arts Studies.

In 2001 Xiaoyi Yi was hired as a part- time Adult Education Assistant. After learning additional skills in the workplace, she moved to the ESL Resource Office where she assisted in registering and giving placement tests to students, scanning CASAS tests and assisting the Resource teacher with a variety of projects. During this time, Xiaoyi Yi had two children and like so many adult students, balanced family, home and work. In 2006 she became an election volunteer inspector for Los Angeles County.  In 2015, she was hired as a Para Educator for the ESL Department where she helps students in the Beginning Literacy class. She gives educational support to students and prepares teaching materials for teachers.

Xiaoyi Yi is a lifelong learner who continues taking classes at El Monte- Rosemead Adult School and is certified in several CTE pathways, including Accounting Fundamentals, computer certifications at the expert level, and is currently in the Administrative Assistant pathway.

What impresses Xiaoyi Yi most about adult education is the dedication of the students, especially the effort the older adults make to come to school every day, and how happy students are to be there. Xiaoyi Yi is very happy to help students with all of their needs and truly enjoys giving them the same kind of encouragement her teachers had always given her.

As part of her commitment to adult education, Xiaoyi Yi became of member of CCAE. Whenever there is an event or fundraiser, she is there to help translate for the ESL Beginning Low students and helps them access resources to pay for books, public transportation or get medical help.

Student Success Story: Liliana Aparicio

Summer IET student successfully transitions into Pharmacy Technician program


Liliana Aparicio enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in the summer of 2017. She completed the ESL program and never imagined transitioning to Career & Technical Education (CTE). Ms. Vicky Broccolo visited her ESL class last May and presented students with an overview of the Integrated Education & Training (IET) Pharmacy Technician course that was to be offered in the summer. Ms. Aparicio was highly motivated and told herself, “Just give it a try.” 

Her background is in Business Administration and she holds a Bachelor’s Degree from her native country El Salvador. During the Summer IET class she was able to appreciate the opportunity to become exposed to this fascinating career. She had held jobs in warehouses and hospital kitchens, which she disliked due to the lack of interaction with customers. She will be able to interact directly with people on a daily basis when she completes her training and become a certified pharmacy technician.

It has been a challenge for Liliana, since she is raising two young children, ages 6 and 4, while pursuing her goal of completing the Pharmacy Technician program. Her mother has been very supportive by being involved in her grandchildren’s education and upbringing. She also finds the language barrier a bit daunting, but so far she has persevered and overcome many challenges. After class, she goes home and relaxes for an hour, then goes to the library, where she catches up on the day’s lesson for three hours.

“I see the importance of the support that East LA Occupational Center offers all students, not only to help us learn English, but to encourage us to pursue a career through the Career Technical Education programs,” she added.

Her advice to her former ESL classmates, “Give it a try; you have to find something better for yourself and family.”

She would like to thank her current teacher, Ms. Broccolo, for her patience and leadership, Mr. Bill Hrycyna, Ms. Veronica Aguirre, and her husband for the motivation in pursuing this new challenge.

When on Twitter, Use #AdultEdu

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The adult education community has a strong positive presence on social media. Even if you don't have a Twitter account you can go to  https://twitter.com/search and type #AdultEdu so that you can keep up-to-date. If tweeting, make sure you include that hashtag in your post so that other members of the community can find you and follow you. And if you are wondering if it does work, check out a series of more recent posts by the Honorable Assembly Member Kevin McCarty related to our work and his experience as an adult learner.

  • About earning his high school diploma at San Juan USD's Winterstein Adult Ed - CLICK HERE.

  • About the value of adult education - CLICK HERE

  • After speaking to a group of adult education administrators  - CLICK HERE

And of course, you will always get useful information and professional development if you follow your professional associations at @CCAEstate and @COABEHQ.

IMPORTANT: CAEP Directory (Data Needed)

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Dear Colleague,

As you know, CCAE has been compiling a directory of Adult Ed providers which includes primary contacts, program areas they deliver instruction in, and total number of students served. The goal is to strengthen local sharing of best practices by creating a directory of programs that is easy to use.

You may remember that we had this before flexibility, and it was quite popular and useful. If you have not done so yet, please take a few minutes to click HERE to complete the short form for your Adult Ed school to ensure it is included in the directory.

If you need assistance, please contact administrator@ccaestate.org to schedule an appointment with our dedicated staff who can help you or one of your lead staff complete the form in under 5 minutes.

We appreciate your help with this important work!


Steve Curiel
CCAE President

Adult Education Week: April 8-12, 2019

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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. 

CCAE History–Celebrating 75 Years

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As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the California Council for Adult Education (CCAE), I think it's appropriate to take a look back at a bit of our history.

The early growth and development of adult education support groups, such as CCAE, has not been well documented. We do know however, that a support group called the California Association for Adult Education (CAAE) was formed in 1926 to promote the goals of adult education and it continued to function until 1937. Because of the seven year time lapse, it has never been fully determined whether or not there was a connection between CAAE and CCAE. We do know however, that in 1944, George C. Mann was the Chief of the Bureau of Adult Education (now the Adult Education Office, California Department of Education) and that he is credited as the driving force behind the founding of the California Council for Adult Education during the 1943-1944 school year. In addition, he served as the first Executive Director of CCAE.

The main purpose for forming CCAE was the need to have some grassroots support for Dr. Mann and the Adult Education Division in working with the legislature when they were pushing for positive legislation for adult education. If local adult education administrators could work with legislators in the local areas and personalize the needs of adult education, then we could have greater success gaining their support in Sacramento. Professional development was also an issue that needed addressing.

Several other educators have been recognized as contributing to the early organization of CCAE. Leo James, assistant to Dr. Mann, worked on the goals and purposes of the organization. E. Manfred Evans, from Los Angeles, continued the work for Mann when the Chief of the Bureau was called into service for the Navy during World War II, and Guy Garrard and Louise Heyl, who were both leaders in adult education in the 1940's and later became CCAE presidents, were instrumental in organizing and promoting CCAE around the state.

As mentioned above, Dr. Mann was the first Executive Director of CCAE, and he continued for about a dozen years in the duel role of CCAE Executive Director and Chief of the Bureau of Adult Education. His role in founding CCAE and guiding it through the early years cannot be minimized. Without his efforts there would be no CCAE, and adult education would most certainly not have been as successful as it has been over the years. In 1956, Dr. Mann retired from the Bureau and as Executive Director. It is interesting to note that his successor, Stanley Sworder, continued the tradition of serving in both capacities. So, there has always been a strong link between CCAE and the Department.

Next month: The Structure of CCAE

This information was condensed from the CCAE State Leadership Handbook, 2018-2019. Most of the information was researched by Steve Prantalos (Executive Director, 1999-2013) and Virginia Donnellan, (President, 1995-1996).