Assembly Bill 86 (AB86, Section 76, Article 3) committed $25 million for planning grants managed by Regional Adult Education Consortia that primarily are formed by Community College and K-12 School Districts. Other partners could join the Consortia with roles and responsibilities to be developed and defined by the Consortia members.
Working groups representing both community colleges and adult education were formed by the Community College Chancellor's Office and the California Department of Education. Managed and guided by a Chancellor/CDE Cabinet, the working groups contributed to developing the current Certification of Eligibility Instructions, Terms and Conditions of the AB86 Adult Education Consortium Planning Grant.
Grants awards have been pre-determined by the Cabinet/Working Group and funding is for Fiscal Year 2013-14. The Performance Period is from March 5, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Consortia boundaries have been defined as the boundaries of a Community College District. Member K-12 Districts (with some exceptions) should fall within the boundaries of the Consortium.
The Consortium's overall mandate is to develop plans to better serve the educational needs of adults.
These grant funds shall assist adult education consortia to accomplish each of the following objectives:
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 05-220)
An evaluation of current needs for adult education programs within its region.
Plans for parties that make up the consortium to integrate their existing programs and create seamless transitions into postsecondary education or the workforce.
Plans to address the gaps identified pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2)
Plans to employ approaches proven to accelerate a student’s progress toward his or her academic or career goals, such as contextualized basic skills and career technical education, and other joint programming strategies between adult education and career technical education.
Plans to collaborate in the provision of ongoing professional development opportunities for faculty and other staff to help them achieve greater program integration and improve student outcomes.
Plans to leverage existing regional structures, including, but not necessarily limited to, local workforce investment areas.
All of the objectives will be addressed in the Regional Comprehensive Plan developed and submitted by each consortium.
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