Consortium Partnership

ADULT EDUCATION BLOCK GRANT (AEBG)

(1) What is AEBG?

The 2015-2016 State Budget appropriated $500 million (AB 104) to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) and the California Department of Education to allocate funding for adult education. The funds will be provided to eligible consortia for the purpose of implementing regional plans for adult education. The intent of the Adult Education Block Grant was to expand and improve the provision of adult education via these consortia.

The CCCCO and the California Department of Education (CDE) are working in partnership to implement the requirements outlined in the Adult Education Block Grant. We will continue to provide guidance and solicit feedback from the field throughout the implementation process. Link to AEBG: http://aebg.cccco.edu/Home

(2) What is a consortium?

The 2013-2014 State Budget appropriated $25 million to the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) to allocate funding for two-year planning and implementation grants. The funds were provided to eligible consortia for the purpose of developing regional plans for adult education. Assembly Bill 86 (AB 86) outlined expectations for consortium development as well as planning and implementation requirements to establish the Adult Education Consortium Program. The intent of AB 86 is to expand and improve the provision of adult education –via these consortia– with incremental investments starting with the 2015-16 fiscal year.

A consortium is comprised of at least one adult school and a one community college. Currently, there are 71 consortia in California serving adult students in the following program areas;

  • Programs in elementary and secondary basic skills, including programs leading to a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate.
  • Programs for immigrants eligible for educational services in citizenship, English as a second language, and workforce preparation.
  • Programs for adults, including, but not limited to, older adults, that are primarily related to entry or reentry into the workforce.
  • Programs for adults, including, but not limited to, older adults, that are primarily designed to develop knowledge and skills to assist elementary and secondary school children to succeed academically in school.
  • Programs for adults with disabilities.
  • Programs in career technical education that are short term in nature and have high employment potential.
  • Programs offering preapprenticeship training activities conducted in coordination with one or more apprenticeship programs approved by the Division of Apprenticeship Standards for the occupation and geographic area.

The Palo Alto Adult School is part of the North Santa Clara County Student Transition Consortium (STC). Consortium members:

  • Da Anza College
  • Foothill College
  • Mountain View Los Altos Adult Education
  • Sunnyvale-Cupertino Adult Education
  • Palo Alto Adult School

If you would like to read more about the STC, please our website: https://sites.google.com/site/nsccstcaebg

(3) What resources has Palo Alto Adult School added as a result of the AEBG?

  • The Writing Academy, which includes four levels of writing and allows students to add another day of instruction in English.
  • In January of 2016, the Adult School hired a Transition Advisor, who meets with students to support them in their academic and career technical education goals.