Recognizing the need to improve and expand the adult education systems that provide adults with the academic and career skills needed to be successful, the California Legislature committed funds to Assembly Bill 86 regional consortia of K-12, community college districts and community based organizations to collaborate regionally to develop plans for expanding and improving education and workforce service plans for adults. Regional collaboration gives the members of the consortium an opportunity to find common ground and cross historical geographic and cultural boundaries so that seamless transitions for services can be delivered to students.
Assembly Bill 104 further expands on those plans by allowing entities the opportunity to build on the plans and objectives developed for the next three years that allow expansion and improvement of opportunities for education and workforce services for adults.
Who we serve:
Long Beach is currently home to approximately 109,000 residents between the ages of 18-49 who can benefit from this program. Many of these residents lack postsecondary education and earn less than $25,000 a year. It has been estimated that approximately 45,000 of the residents in this area do not have a high school diploma or lack many basic skills needed to be successful in the workforce. Long Beach is also home to a large number of immigrants who have limited English language proficiency and could benefit from services for citizenship. There is also a small disabled and veteran population in the Long Beach community that could benefit from the services provide by the Long Beach Adult Education consortium.
LBAE’s Goals and Objectives:
- Evaluation of current levels and types of adult education programs.
- Evaluation of current needs for adult education programs within the Long Beach consortiums region.
- Plans for the Long Beach consortium members and partners to integrate existing programs and create seamless transitions into postsecondary education or the workforce.
- Plans to address the gaps identified in the Long Beach surrounding communities.
- Plans to employ approaches proven to accelerate a student’s progress toward their goals.
- Plans to collaborate in ongoing professional development opportunities.
- Plans to leverage existing regional structures.
Long Beach Adult Education Consortium Members:
- Long Beach Unified School District
- Long Beach Community College District
The Long Beach Adult Education Consortium (LBAEC) includes two member institutions, Long Beach Unified School District and Long Beach Community College District.
Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) is located in Los Angeles County, an area with a population just under 10 million people, making it one of the largest and most culturally diverse regions in the nation. LBCCD, which first opened its doors in 1927 to 503 students, is now one of the oldest and largest of California’s public, open enrollment community colleges. LBCCD, with over 24,000 students enrolled each semester, is a large single-college, two-campus district within California’s 112 community colleges (Liberal Arts/LAC and Pacific Coast/PCC campuses).
The Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), which serves the cities of Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood and the third largest school district in California, serving 81,000 students in 84 schools. The employs approximately 4,900 certificated employees and approximately 3,100 classified employees and is the largest employer in the City of Long Beach
Both LBUSD and LBCCD recognize the need to collaborate with community stakeholders and regional service providers to address the significant gap that has been exacerbated by the closure of a number of offerings across both institutions.
The LBAEC team is made of the following individuals:
Adult Education Program Director
Program Administrator, K-12 Counseling