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President's Message

Dear CCAE Members, April is here! I hope that you are getting ready to set sail for the annual CCAE State Conference to be held in San Diego on April 24-26. The CCAE Southern Section has been working hard to make this year's event a success. I hope that you will join me, on Thursday evening, for the President's Beach Reception, and on Friday evening, as we board the William D. Evans paddle wheeler for a dinner and dance cruise through Mission Bay as we celebrate CCAE's 70th birthday. I am also pleased to announce that the honorable Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, has accepted our invitation to speak at the conference, on Saturday morning. You will not want to miss this conference!


This month, the AB 86 Work Group will be hosting Technical Assistance webinars, on April 4 and 18, to keep Adult Education stakeholders up-to-date. Please visit the website at to check out the calendar of events and details.

Coming soon, CCAE will be creating an AB 86 tab on the CCAE website. Please email to let me know what information you would like to see on CCAE's AB 86 webpage.

Remember to visit our CCAE website throughout the month so you don't miss out on deadlines and important information regarding adult education. I encourage everyone to continue building relationships with local and state officials so that we can continue our voyage and fight for Adult Education in California. I hope to see you in San Diego.


Larriann Torrez
CCAE State President


Regional Consortium Planning: Major Topic at CCAE and CAEEA's Leg Day 2014

CCAE and CAEAA's Leg Day 2014 was a great success. Over 100 adult educators and students swarmed the Capitol, where we had the opportunity to discuss the two major issues today in Adult Education:
• Dedicated funding for K-12-based Adult Education
• Support for the Regional Consortium Process

We got a chance to visit all of the legislators in California, but if you weren't there, we still need for you to do your part. Please invite your legislator to your school or your Regional Consortium meeting to discuss these two issues.


When you meet with your legislators and discuss your Regional Consortium, remember to tell them that the hope of the Regional Consortia planning process will assist K-12 based Adult Education and the Community Colleges work together to develop assessment strategies and course offerings to adult students. Furthermore, tell them you hope that there will be more transition services, better data matching, and the development of critical educational options for adult learners in our respective communities. Remember to talk about the gaps in adult learner services and the strategies that you are considering to meet those needs. Discuss with your legislators your current programming where you do collaborate with the Community Colleges. Most importantly, tell them that, even with all of your local efforts to coordinate and collaborate with the Community Colleges and other partners, none of this will work without the critical protected separate funding for K-12 based Adult Education. The whole system of service to adult learners falls apart when the major provider of educational services is not funded.

So, as our Leg Analyst always tells us, keep up the fight and the cause at home. Continue to meet with your legislators and tell them how your Regional Consortium process is going.

Also, Don't Forget to...
Attend the free AB86 webinars—They are held on most Fridays, 12–1 p.m. (check the schedule for the next), and include many great topics. If you can't attend or missed some of the webinars, you can listen to them via the archives.

Topics have included:
• Quick Comparison: K-12's and CCC's
• Tools for Collaboration: Google Drive, Google Sites, DropBox, CCCConfer, and Doodle Data

For more information about the AB 86 Webinars, please go to:

Share your Regional Consortium experiences—As many Regional Consortia are beginning, you have new knowledge that is helpful to all of us developing our consortia. I invite you to share those experiences here in this column so that we learn more about what each of you are doing throughout the state. Please share your plans: who you have hired to assist in facilitating and writing reports, how it is going with joint leadership with your community college, and more. Send your stories to

Chris Nelson
CCAE Past President  


Executive Director's Message

Bay Section Regional Conference: Thanks to all who made this March 1 event, at Berkeley Adult School, a great success—over 150 attendees, 13 workshops, 10 exhibitors, 11 awardees, a panel discussion on AB 86 and keynotes from Senator Hancock and Mayor Bates. Special focus was placed on the topic of how better to involve teachers and students in the Regional Consortia planning process. Great job, Bay Section! 

Membership: After six years of declines, membership numbers are growing. Our 2,467 individual members, as of March 1, represent a 3% growth, over 2012-13. More growth is anticipated as registrations are processed for the state conference. Congratulations to Bay Section and South Coast Sections for already reached their 10% membership growth goals. In addition, Institutional Memberships are up 4% statewide, and 10 businesses have joined our new VIP Business Partner program. 

See you at the Bahia! With over 380 confirmed registrations at this time, San Diego will be the largest CCAE state conference in several years. This represents quite a turn-around from last May, when we took the risk of signing the hotel contract not knowing what decisions the Legislature and Governor would make, on June 30, regarding adult education in 2013-14. Hats off to the planning team for juggling so many unknowns and putting together a very promising conference. Space may be tight in some workshops, as we are nearing capacity.


FY 15-16 & Beyond—Not Wasting a Minute

Although the development of the FY 15-16 budget is roughly a year out, we are wasting no time in trying to affect the outcome of what is included in the Governor's January budget proposal and discussed as part of the legislative review and discussion on adult education thereafter. Recall that although the Governor's budget plan this cycle called out adult education and the commitment to provide funding in FY 15-16 and beyond, the general detail provided was vague and the Department of Finance was clear that they would not solidify the funding and associated structure until the next budget cycle. The delay is largely associated with the Department and Legislature's interest in seeing what the regional consortia process produces in terms of data to indicate regional need, current programing, and regional coordination efforts.

With this understanding in mind, we've not wasted any time in beginning the discussion with the key players at all levels regarding the challenges in relying on the regional consortia plans alone as a basis for informing the funding levels and structure, much less the vague detail of the proposal that would propose a "single categorical allocation" to fund adult education in both systems going forward. Taking the discussion a step further with the Department of Finance, Legislative Analysts Office (LAO), and key legislative staff, we've focused in on the overarching challenges of the unknown that is FY 15-16 and beyond that is the driving challenge in moving forward much less developing the plans for the future with such a big unknown related to the level and structure of the funding.

Bottom line, the discussions in support of K-12 based adult education are going incredibly well. But we haven't stopped with only talking with public entities; we've reached out to Ed Coalition members including ACSA, CSBA, CSEA, CFT and more. We are gaining traction day by day and hope to be able to share more definitive details regarding these discussions in the coming weeks.

For now, please know we are working hard to protect adult education in the K-12 system and are making incredible progress. Stay tuned for more detail...


Supporters of Adult Education Update

imgThank you for being one of over 3,223 supporters of Adult Ed who have signed up to receive important information about the current dismantling of the State's Adult Education program that has been in existence since 1856. The first class was held in the basement of St. Mary's Cathedral on Grant Avenue in San Francisco. Since that time, the Adult Education program grew to serve over 1.2 million students. Now, statewide enrollments are estimated to be down to 600,000 students and the total is continuing to drop each year.

By joining this email group you will be receiving information on what is happening both locally and at the state level that is affecting Adult Education. Honestly, we are expecting most news will be bad UNLESS we act in a coordinated way to express to decision makers the importance of Adult Education and how their decisions are having detrimental effects on the program. We need your voice!


In these emails you will not only get the status of Adult Ed but you will also, at times, be asked to act. This could mean sending a letter to your representatives, calling their offices, attending a school board meeting or possibly traveling to the capital to voice your concerns and opinions directly to legislators while they meet in their committees.

The battle ground to save adult education continues to reside within the Legislature.  Continue to make calls and send letters and emails to your legislators. Be sure to copy our office at or fax 866-941-5129 so we may present hard copies when lobbying the issue. Please encourage others to join the Supporters of Adult Education campaign to keep the pressure on the Legislature to save adult education.

Contributed by:

Steve Curiel
CCAE South Coast Past President







WIA Reauthorization—We All Won!

We have been informed by a good authority that THERE WILL NOT BE ANY CONSOLIDATION OF TITLES I, II in the final WIA reauthorization legislation so we are closing down the campaign to achieve that goal.

Please congratulate all of the people in your networks: staff, students, friends of adult education, etc. for their work. In a forty eight hour time span you were able to have a massive targeted impact on policy makers on an issue that was critical to the future of adult education in our country.

We don't often have the opportunity to celebrate an accomplishment of this magnitude in the public policy field. Celebrate this one.

Thank you on behalf of the 1.8 million current adult education students and all those who will be in our classes in the future.


Larriann Torrez
CCAE State President

With both excitement and regret we wish to inform you, that due to the popularity of this year's conference, we are unable to provide onsite registration. We are still assisting anyone who has already registered in adding guests and confirming meal selections for the cruise and the awards luncheon, but no additional conference registrations will be accepted.

AB 86 Adult Education Planning Legislative Report

The AB 86 Cabinet and Work Group submitted a report to the legislature on the progress of the AB 86 Adult Planning project. The report details the planning process to date, the state of the developing regional consortia statewide, lessons learned, planning challenges, and next steps. Click here to download the entire report.

New Members Receive 50% Off Regular Membership Rates

Welcome to the 238 new members who enrolled this year. Our membership total is now 2,332, which is just 60 members shy of the total for all of 2012-13, and 300 shy of our 10% growth goal for 2013-14. Increased membership equates to increased strength in influencing the state budget, obtaining the assistance of CDE, developing legislation, providing staff development, and honoring excellence in teaching and support services. Spread the word to colleagues who have yet to join or renew. We need their support! Renew or join here.

Want To Know About CALPRO Workshops?

CALPRO recently offered a well-attended webinar on the new GED, and more webinars are coming up. Two online courses are beginning at the end of April: Integrated Education and Training--providing models for integrating basic skills with career technical instruction (application due April 21); and the ever-in-demand-topic, Managing the ESL Multilevel Classroom. Check out the highlights of coming events in April and May, and visit the CALPRO Calendar to register.

Contact CCAE

PO Box 978
Los Alamitos, CA 90720-0978

Phone: 888-542-2231
Fax: 866-941-5129

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