|The Voice of Adult Education in California|
Dear CCAE members,
Earlier this month, CCAE in conjunction with CAEAA and ACSA provided sessions to check on the status of how the regional consortium process is going in local areas. These sessions were designed for administrators, coordinators and teacher leaders mainly from K-12 adult schools. There were two 2 1/5 hour sessions. One was held in Northern California on Friday, August 1st at Hayward Adult Center and the other was held on Friday, August 8th at Hacienda La Puente Adult Education. 22 people attended the Hayward session and over 40 attended the session at Hacienda La Puente.
Yolanda Davis is the definition of dedication and a positive attitude. Despite her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and her stellar work experience, Yolanda found herself in the position that many of our adult education students find themselves in when they first enter our doors: unemployed. However, instead of letting her situation bring her down, Yolanda chose to see it as an opportunity.
With the goal of updating her employability skills in order to reenter the workforce, Yolanda came to Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center, part of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE). She enrolled in the Administrative Assistant 1: Office Procedures class with instructor Dianne Jackson. Ms. Jackson found Yolanda to be “honest and straightforward in her approach to her work, business, and family,” and Yolanda excelled in the class.
In addition to her regular curriculum, Yolanda also volunteered in the academic department using the data-entry and records management skills she had learned in class to help the school run smoothly. Yolanda soon advanced to Administrative Assistant 2: Business English and then on to the Customer Service course. It was during this time that she became involved in tutoring other students in computer operations and basic math and began using her exemplary writing skills to contribute articles to the “Class Action Newsletter.”
But Yolanda didn’t stop there. She also took on leadership roles in the Career and Technical Education department, including leading activities to raise more than $1000 for student scholarships. Her dedication to her fellow students paid off in the spring of 2014 when Yolanda was nominated for and awarded a CCAE Los Angeles Metropolitan Section student scholarship of $500 to continue her studies. Yolanda recently used the scholarship money to purchase textbooks and enroll again with Ms. Jackson in the third class in the Administrative Assistant sequence, Business Math.
Yolanda continues to interview for positions and says that her future plans consist of continuing to improve herself, “whether that entails taking more courses or becoming employed, whichever comes first!” She also hopes to someday use her writing skills to write a memoir about her life experiences and overcoming adversity and to give advice to others who may find themselves in similar circumstances. With Yolanda Davis’ work ethic and determination to help others, coupled with the skills she is learning in her adult education courses, it is certain that her story will have a happy ending.
On June 18th, the Migration Policy Institute, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think-tank, based in Washington, D.C., released a new report called "Critical Choices in Post-Recession California: Investing in the Educational and Career Success of Immigrant Youth." The executive summary and full report, which I helped review (the segments on Adult Education), can be found at: http://migrationpolicy.org/research/critical-choices-post-recession-california-educational-career-success-immigrant-youth. The report focuses in on first- and second-generation immigrant youth, ages 16 to 26, detailing many of the issues that immigrant youth and young adults face in all parts of California--including lower graduation rates, lack of support, and barriers to transition to college. Some items in this report that standout, as it relates to California immigrant youth, are: - A staggering 230,000 immigrant youth lack a high school diploma or High School Equivalency Certification. - The ELL graduation rate is 63%, compared to the overall state level of 80%. - 122,000 young adults are not eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), due to education requirements at the time of the President's executive order and in need of Adult Education to satisfy those requirements. This report states the issues very well and makes the connection that the education of immigrant youth and young adults is critical to the success of California's economic competitiveness, as we need to produce, by 2025, 2.3 million new college graduates on top of the 3.2 million that are already expected. Even though this study is focusing on immigrant youth, it goes into great detail about the overall current budget/programming situation with California's K-12 Adult Schools and names the issues that have concerned us over the past five years. In addition, the report offers recommendations that will be helpful as we work with the legislature and the governor's office for dedicated Adult Education funding. Take the time to read the full report; but if you can't read it all, please make sure that you read Part VI "Adult Education as an On-Ramp to Postsecondary Success" (Pages 65-74).
Supporters of Adult Education Update
Thank 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 email@example.com 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.
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It is absolutely critical that legislators (and their staff) hear directly from their constituents about the looming risk for their local adult schools to be able to continue to provide services to those most at risk in their communities.
While we are engaged in the development of local regional consortium plans as provided under AB 86 (2013), the concern for the future existence of K12 adult schools is at an all time high. The two-year maintenance of effort (MOE) as provided for in the 2013 budget is set to expire July 1, 2015. Unfortunately, after that date there is no funding currently available to support K12 based adult education—despite the regional consortia process. More...
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CCAE leadership would like to acknowledge all of our friends and colleagues in the Napa area. We wish you strength, endurance, and a speedy recovery from the earthquake that damaged many of your homes and the Napa Valley Adult School, early this past Sunday morning. Our understanding is that the school itself suffered minor structural damage, yet there is quite a bit of interior clean-up to do prior to school reopening later this week.
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