The LBAE Collaborative Governance Strategy

The Long Beach Adult Education Consortium (LBAEC) will establish three levels of engagement to support effective member governance: (1) a Consortium Working Group, (2) a Project Management Team, and (3) Advisory Committees.

Consortium Working Group

The Consortium Working Group participants will be made up of voting members, and community organization partners.  The Working Group will be led by co-chairs, one from each member institution – LBUSD and LBCCD, who have been officially designated by their respective boards to represent their organization.  Designees or alternates may lead the forum.  Long Beach community-based organizations will be encouraged to join as Consortium partners to foster maximum community input into the LBAEC.

Additional Working Group participants with expertise associated with adult education program areas, e.g. basic skills education, high school equivalency/diploma, ESL, adults with disabilities, CTE, and apprenticeship programs may be standing members to support work plan activities, advisory committees, and overall community action initiatives.

The Working Group will have public meetings within the Long Beach Consortium Region.  This governance framework also provides for sustainability of effort and will support effective communication to all stakeholders throughout the community.

Resource allocation to external community organizations will be determined by consensus from the co-chairs in coordination with the Program Director.  It will be based on submitted program planning documentations and the organization’s allocation request form.

Project Management Team

To successfully implement and sustain the program’s scope it has been determined the need for 2.0 FTEs for project management.  This will be comprised of a 100% management team member and a 100% support staff person.

The Program Director will be responsible for ensuring timely progress and updates to work plan activities.  Additionally, the Program Director will be responsible for managing the coordination and logistics for all project related events and meetings, producing draft and final reports, tracking and managing all budget expenditures, managing project service contracts, ensuring timely implementation of the communication plan and supporting the Working Group.  Program Director will also suggest and support non-credit courses; curriculum; programs and pathways that will enable students to meet the seven program areas.

The support staff position will be responsible for all aspects of day-to-day implementation in the support of the Program Director.  Two laptop computers will be purchased, one for each of the staff members to be used in support activities and deliverables.

It is anticipated that service contracts may be utilized for technology and website development, strategic planning, Working Group and Committee facilitations, pathway and bridge program development, community partnerships, professional development and training, and documentation support.

Advisory Committees

Working Group participants with expertise associated with adult education program areas, e.g. basic skills education, high school equivalency/diploma, ESL, adults with disabilities, CTE, and apprenticeship programs may be standing members on advisory committees to provide continuity and program focus.  Various committees will be formed to address specific work plan activities, to include transition/integration support, pathway and bridge design, and adult education center planning.  These specialized committees will incorporate faculty and community expertise to research, collect data, and provide action items to the Consortium Working Group.  Committee Leads will be individuals from LBCCD or LBUSD.