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.
The CCCCO and the California Department of Education (CDE) worked in partnership to implement the requirements outlined in AB 86. The agencies jointly established an AB 86 Cabinet, with four members from each agency, to guide and oversee the activities of a Work Group that developed a comprehensive Certification of Eligibility (COE). As they developed the COE, the Work Group consulted with expert panels relevant to each issue and various organizations participated in a Stakeholder Sounding Board.
The Cabinet and Work Group used a transparent process to listen to and inform the field throughout the development of the COE. The COE was released December 2013. Town hall meetings, informational webinars, field surveys, and a listserv provided venues whereby all stakeholders had an opportunity to provide feedback and input to the process. Additionally, individuals could provide feedback via the AB 86 website. The Work Group developed the required legislative report based on the plans submitted by each of the 70 consortia.
With the passage of the AB 104 Budget Bill, AB 86 began the transition from planning to implementation. As AB 86 becomes the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG), the CCCCO and the California Department of Education (CDE) continue to work 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.
The links below provide the full legislative reports for the final 2015 report and the preliminary 2014 report as well as the full legislation.