In June 2013, the State Legislature and Governor enacted AB 86 that called for school districts with adult education programs and community college districts to come together and create plans to serve the education and job training needs of adults in their respective regions. AB 86 provided $25 million to develop 71 local consortia plans by June 2015.
As a follow up, the Governor and State Legislature in June 2015 approved AB 104. This measure includes the provisions that define the new Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) program. The 2015-16 state budget provided $500 million for implementation of the AEBG. This program and funding are positioned within the state’s overall efforts to address workforce training and income inequalities. The idea being that individuals with education and workforce skills will have challenging and productive careers.
The AEBG introduces a number of new concepts for adult education that include the following:
The goal of the West End Corridor Adult Education Consortium is to strengthen and improve adult education systems and programs. We are committed to maintaining dialogues with our faculties, staff, student and community populations – and continuing to open advocacy conversations with local legislators and their staffs to ensure that there is a clear understanding of the important role adult education plays in our workforce community and California’s increasingly vibrant and productive populations.
For fiscal 2015/16, the Governor and Legislature blocked $500 million dollars for districts that both serve adults and are members of regional consortia. For fiscal year 2016/17 an additional $500 million was allocated.
Currently the West End Corridor Consortium is implementing its three-year plan.