The 2015–2016 State Budget appropriated $500 million to 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.

There are 71 regional consortia across the state that include members from community colleges, k–12 adult schools, county offices of education and a variety of community partners including, but not limited to local workforce investment boards, libraries, and community based organizations.

Our Mission

California adult educators in K-12 and community colleges work synergistically with workforce and education partners, community stakeholders and industry through the Adult Education Block Grant’s (AEBG) 71 consortia to ensure that students are prepared for life, for work and to support their families and strengthen communities, no matter where they are in their educational journey.


The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the California Department of Education appointed joint leadership for the Adult Education Block Grant Office.

The AEP Office is led by:

  • Carolyn Zachry, Administrator, Adult Education Office, CDE
  • Javier Romero, Workforce Development Division Manager, CCCCO

Other members of the Adult Education Block Grant Office include:

  • Neil Kelly
  • Shadidi Sia-Maat
  • Nicole Alexander