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MESSAGE FROM THE CCAE STATE PRESIDENT

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By now most of our schools are well into the 2017-18 school year. It always amazes me how different our start dates are. I know some programs start their year in early August, while others in mid-September. We adapt to the needs of the community, and that is what makes our schools so vital to the Adult Education system in California. As we move through this school year, I want to make sure that CCAE is working right beside you to support the students we serve. Many of our sections will be hosting a fall professional development conference and will provide the most current information on AEBG and WIOA, share best practices, recognize great teachers and support staff, and provide fun opportunities to make new Adult Ed friends and catch up with old ones. Moving into spring, we anxiously await our State Conference being held in Fresno and hosted by Central Section, who know how to throw a fun conference. Based on what I've heard so far, I think this is going to be one to remember!

I also want to share with you that, at the CCAE State Board level, we are busy working on an advocacy campaign that is at a level that I have not seen in my 17 years of experience in CCAE. We believe this is the right time to elevate the importance of Adult Education in California, and we have identified a number of strategies that we will use to do so. That is all I will say for now, other than we will need your help. As always, it is our local CCAE members and their engagement locally with legislators and other key decision makers that make our success possible. We recognize that this local engagement can be difficult, but we will not leave you without resources. We will help you be successful locally so that we can be successful in Sacramento. Again, more to come...

I want to wish you a great school year and remind you that CCAE is always here to help. Do not hesitate to contact us if you are having difficulty in serving the community, for whatever reason.

Sincerely, 
Steve Curiel, President
California Council for Adult Education


CCAE MEMBERSHIP UPDATE: OCTOBER 2017

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AEBG Regional Meetings POSTPONED

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Due to the recent and ongoing roll-out of AEBG policy changes and the CASAS Trainings being done in tandem by Neil Kelly of the AEBG Office and Jay Wright from CASAS, the previously-scheduled CCAE Southern California Regional on September 28th at Montebello Adult Education and the Northern California Regional at Mt. Diablo Adult Education, are being postponed at this time.

The CCAE AEBG Regional meetings will resume at a later date after we've had some time to take in all the information. In case you have not seen information and/or upcoming changes being released from the AEBG office we are providing the links below:

Link to all AEBG and WIOA training dates:
http://aebg.cccco.edu/Events/2017-AEBG-Regional-Training

Link to the CLASP report, first issued June 6, 2017:
http://aebg.cccco.edu/Portals/1/docs/AEBG%20Reports/6.6.17%20Prosperity%20Through%20Partnership%20-%20Opportunities%20for%20AEBG%20to%20Strengthen%20Sy....pdf

The "Measuring Our Success" report is found here: (dated August 2017)
http://aebg.cccco.edu/Portals/1/docs/AEBG%20Reports/AEBGDataAccountabilityLegReport_Aug2017.pdf


‘Slow Strangulation’ Of Adult Ed Will Mean 1,000 Fewer Students For Sweetwater ADULT School

By Megan Burks

The Sweetwater Union High School District is expected to approve its budget of more than $450 million Monday. The district has largely averted cuts, but its adult program will have to serve a thousand fewer students next year.

Sweetwater Adult School is cutting its classes by 10 percent. They include parenting, English-language, citizenship and career-technical courses. The budget gap reflects years of flat state funding for adult education and rising pension costs.

“It’s like a slow strangulation of the program,” Sweetwater Adult Education Director Ryan Burke said. “Everything costs more, so one by one we’re having to cut classes to pay the bills.”

Sweetwater Union has used its general fund to backfill some of the need, and is expected to do the same next year. Burke said without the district’s help, a quarter of classes would have to go.

“Yes the district is able to help and they are helping. But they’re also responsible for paying for (middle and high school) education,” Burke said. “Any dollar they commit to us is another dollar they don’t have for 7-12.”

Adult education funding has been frozen at recession-era levels as the legislature and schools work to restructure the system, which developed as a patchwork across K-12 districts and community colleges. Advocates like Burke say it is time to look at funding again.

"The Division of Adult Education provides a safety net to families who need a GED or need to improve their English skills to get their first job or look for a better job," said teacher Erica Dibello-Hitta. "They also offer short-term career classes that are much more affordable than those at private colleges. A loss of any classes would hurt our community."

Federal funding makes up a much smaller portion of adult school funding but could also be in jeopardy. President Donald Trump has said he’d like to cut career-technical education by $168 million. The House this week passed a generous reauthorization billvfor career-technical education spending. It’s unclear if it will pass the Senate, or if the president would sign it. Read more >


Legislative News

What's Next? Renewed Advocacy More Critical than Ever!
 
Heading into year three of the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG), adult schools and community colleges continue to make strides in collaborating and serving adult students in need for basic skills, ESL, citizenship, short term career training, and more.  Unfortunately, however, that great work and the vital role adult schools play in the dual delivery system that is AEBG is not being sufficiently conveyed to the Legislature at the local level.  As such, it would seem that adult education is again slowly sinking back in to the background to be the best kept secret again in education. This is problematic on many levels - particularly at a time when funding for adult schools is almost exclusively coming via AEBG and the resources aren't matching the needs in regions across the state.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

CENTER FOR LAW AND SOCIAL POLICY REPORT ON AEBG IMPLEMENTATION RELEASED

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization, released Prosperity Through Partnership: Opportunities for AEBG to Strengthen Systems and Communities. The report was supported by funding from the State AEBG Office and included contributions by the California Community College Chancellor's Office (CCCCO), California Department of Education (CDE), CASAS, WestEd, IMPAQ, and OTAN as well as field input from the AEBG regional consortia via survey completion. 

In January 2016, the CLASP commenced an 18-month project to study the implementation of California's Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) initiative. CLASP set out to foster greater understanding of the implementation of California's AEBG governance and direct service activities, analyze current and potential impacts of the AEBG initiative for partners and participants, and offer recommendations for potential policy and implementation changes in future rounds of AEBG funding and other coordinated funding streams, for consideration by the CCCCO, the CDE, and other policymakers.

The study employed several research methods including surveys, focus groups, and semi-structured interviews as well as ongoing communication with AEBG leaders and practitioners.  

As a result of this study, CLASP details 19 recommendations in the following categories:

  • Clarify AEBG's mission and vision so that leaders, practitioners, and community members can clearly identify and articulate the major differences between the legacy, pre-2014 adult education system and the AEBG structure envisioned by California law. 
  • Use AEBG to drive a comprehensive pathways system by re-imagining adult education as a strategic partner in strengthening individual economic mobility and regional economic competitiveness through community-wide skill development.
  • Tie AEBG accountability to impact through the establishment of a cross-system accountability structure. This requires a number of barriers to be addressed:delineate and distinguish "populations from services" in fund reporting; clarify fund reporting on AEBG's five objectives; align data definitions and processes among AEBG, WIOA title II, and community college providers; maximize the use of WIOA-measurable skill gain in AEBG; clarify transition to postsecondary education across reporting for AEBG, WIOA title II and LaunchBoard and, measure progress on mandated objectives in AEBG regional plans. 
  • Provide comprehensive technical assistance and professional development. The AEBG professional development technical assistance provider can greatly enhance capacity for comprehensive capacity building.

 Review the CLASP Report "Prosperity Through Partnership: Opportunities for AEBG to Strengthen Systems and Communities"


Adult Education: A Crucial Foundation for Middle Skills

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

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


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CCAE Scholarship Fund

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!