New $500 Million Adult Education Block Grant

The State Budget has appropriated $500 million 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 regional consortia for the purpose of implementing regional plans for adult education. The intent of the Adult Education Block Grant is 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. The agencies jointly established a state agency to oversee the implementation of the Adult Education plans submitted by each of the 70 consortia during the planning phase. The state office will continue to provide guidance and solicit feedback from the field throughout the implementation process.

A new website has been created, , for the latest information regarding the implementation of this new Adult Education Block Grant.

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Regional Adult Education Block Grant Workshops

Learn more about the implementation of the Adult Education Block Grant. The AEBG budget bill (AB 104) outlines specific requirements that consortia must follow. The AEBG Office will host a series of workshops around the state to provide information and to answer questions about what consortia must do to meet the requirements of the Adult Education Block Grant legislation. Neil Kelly will be leading these workshops.

These workshops are for those who are not able to attend the AEBG Adult Education Regional Planning Summit in Sacramento. Technical assistance workshops at the Summit will provide this information to attendees.

These workshops are recommended for consortia leads and other individuals who will be working on 2015-16 implementation templates, amended three-year plans, and grant budgets and expenditures.

To register, please click on the link below for the workshop you wish to attend:
September 10, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education
September 15, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Fresno Adult School
September 29, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Folsom-Cordova Adult School
October 1, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Berkeley Adult School
October 13, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Mt. San Antonio College
October 29, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Vista Adult School
November 3, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Sacramento County Office of Education

Registration is limited to 30 participants at each location. Please limit attendees to key people from your consortium.

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Our Long Beach Adult Education Consortium has just been informed that it will receive $2,152,527 in Block Grant funds based on Assembly Bill 104

You may download the entire statewide FY 15-16 allocation of funds below.

The State has released the regional consortia allocations for 2015-16 for the remaining funds (after MOE allocations) from the Adult Education Block Grant. Click here to download the Schedule for Regional Consortia Allocations.

The CCCCO and CDE, with the advice of the executive director of the State Board of Education (SBE), worked together to establish a formula to allocate funds to the regional adult education consortia. The formula followed the guidance set forth in Assembly Bill (AB) 104, Section 39 (Chapter 13, Statutes of 2015), which established established the Adult Education Block Grant. The Governor’s Budget Item 6870-201-0001 appropriated $500 million in total funding for this program.

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Summit 2015 – Save the Date!!

Summit 2015 – Save the Date!!

September 24-25, 2015
– Registration at 9:00am on Sep 24th
– Closing by 12:00 noon on Sep 25th

Sheraton Grand – Sacramento, CA
1230 J Street

– Hotel / travel / incidentals on your own
– AB86 Office will pay for registration
– Details & registration info out soon
– Need volunteer helpers and workshop presenters
– E-mail the [email protected] inbox if interested

New Template Available for
AEBG Governance Plan

The state is requesting that all consortia download, complete, and return this template in order to satisfy the Adult Education Block Grant governance requirement. This will also help each consortium develop a decision making structure/process that is agreed upon by consortium members.

Download and save the Governance Plan Template PDF, open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader, fill in the form fields, print the completed form, have each officially designated member sign the document, scan and email to the AB86 inbox: [email protected]. Due by October 31, 2015 or sooner so that we can accept your 15-16 annual plan, consortium allocation schedule, and budget.

Click here to download the PDF.

MOE Allocations Have Been Posted

Click here to go to a letter the California Department of Education sent out to all County Offices of Education asking them to share with local educational agencies regarding the adult education block funding for 15-16 maintenance of effort.

Click here to view the MOE Allocations.

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Grand Opening of the LBCC Math Technology and Culinary Arts Building


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Latest AB 86 (AB 104) News Summary from Sacramento

AB 86 Webinar was technically rich with new Assembly Bill language for the actual implementation of our AB 86 Planning Grant.  In fact, our new grant funds will be referred to as AB 104 to signify the implementation phase of our Adult Education grant.  See below the summary of the webinar slide presentation or download the AB86 Webinar Powerpoint slides.

Additional guidelines, training, and technical assistance are currently being developed to assist our efforts in implementing AB 104’s Adult Education Block Grant program.  We will continue to share the latest information that is being developed as it’s made available from Sacramento.

To view all of the detailed information regarding AB 104, as it pertains to Adult Education, please refer to the below webinar slides that explicitly quote AB 104 language or reference their file location at the  website, under the Calendar Tab –  “AB 86 Webinar Series”.

  1. For the implementation of the AB 86 Planning Grant new Assembly Bill language has been passed – AB 104 as the Adult Education Block Grant
  2. AB 104’s new implementation guidelines:
    • Beyond CCDs and SDs, consortium members may now include County Offices of Education or a Joint Power of Authority.
    • Members shall commit to reporting any funds available for purposes of education and workforce services for adults and the uses of those funds.
    • All members shall participate in decisions made by the consortium.
    • A proposed decision is considered at an open, properly noticed public meeting of the consortium at which members of the public may comment.
    • The consortium has provided the public with adequate notice of a proposed decision and considered any comments submitted by members of the public, and any comments submitted by members of the public have been distributed publicly.
    • The Consortium Fiscal Agent is now called the Fund Administrator.
    • A description of the alignment of adult education services supported by this program with those described in other education and workforce plans guiding services in the region, including plans pertaining to the building of career pathways and the employment of workforce sector strategies and those required pursuant to WIOA.
    • Officially the submitted AB 86 consortium plan satisfies FY 15 -16, 16-17, and 17-18. And will be approve at least once every three years and updated at least once a year.
    • Consortium fund allocation schedule and distribution NLT October 31, 2015 and November 30, 2015, respectively.
    • NLT February 28, 2016 projected funding for the next two fiscal years projected will be announced.
    • Consortium allocation formula for implementation funds will be based on adult population, employment, Immigration, educational attainment, and adult literacy.
    • Two new Adult Education areas have been included –
      • 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, which are primarily designed to develop knowledge and skills to assist elementary and secondary school children to succeed academically in school.
    • For FY 16-17 it is the intent of the Legislature to coordinate programs that support education and workforce services for adults. NLT Jan. 31, 2016: Chancellor and Superintendent shall report to the Legislature a plan to distribute funds to the consortia from WIOA and Carl D. Perkins CTE Act.
    • Must be AB 104 consortium members if they receives funds from:
      • Adults in Correctional Facilities Programs
      • WIOA, Title II
      • Carl D. Perkins CTE Act
      • LCFF apportionments reserved for students 19+
      • State funds for remedial education and job training for CalWORKS participants
    • AB 104 has a provision to provide a “One Time Funding” initiative to achieve additional data collection from each consortium. Further details of this specific task will be forthcoming.
    • Additional guidance, training, and technical assistance are being developed and will be occurring over the summer.
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AB86 Grant Extension Work Plan: July – December 2015

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Joint AB 86 Legislative Report

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Guide to High School Equivalency and Adult Diploma Programs

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May Revise – Good News For Adult Education

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