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President's Message

Dear CCAE Members,

Welcome to fall! I am happy to announce that Adriana Sanchez-Aldana was hired as Interim Executive Director for CCAE. Adriana brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to CCAE, and we are very happy to have her in this position. Adriana can be emailed at

I want to thank everyone for a very successful CCAE Membership Drive. We have 68 new CCAE members. Welcome new members! 

I hope that you and your adult education colleagues are working as Agents of Change and are on the Mission to protect K-12 adult schools. Dawn Koepke and members of the Executive Board have been meeting with various state representatives, in Sacramento. We hope that you are too! Please click on the link and take the survey so that we can receive an updated status of where you are at, in regards to your legislative efforts. 

I look forward to seeing you this year and hope that you will attend the annual CCAE State Conference that is hosted by the Los Angeles Metropolitan Section at Universal City, on April 30-May 2, 2015. Please remember to visit our CCAE website throughout the month, so you don't miss out on deadlines and important information regarding adult education. 


Larriann Torrez
CCAE State President


Teacher Spotlight—Kathy Harris
A. Warren McClaskey, Sac-City Adult Education

Kathy Harris has been a committed teacher at A. Warren McClaskey, since 1993. In her current position, she works with older adults with disabilities. Kathy gives 110% to her students and is always willing to go the extra yard to get things done.

She works with students who have many obstacles to overcome; however, she manages to arrange activities in which students can all excel. Her positive and cheerful demeanor is contagious and appreciated by both students and staff. Kathy has incredible drive, boundless energy, and non-stop creativity and enthusiasm. This is not just a job to her, it is her passion. The students have responded well to her approach and teaching style.

The student support systems, families, and case workers have made numerous comments regarding the positive change in attitudes and behaviors that the students have shown under Kathy's direction. Kathy Harris is always committed to her students and Adult Education. Her commitment goes beyond her classroom, as she organizes the student garden, works extra hours in graphic arts and provides guidance in numerous activities benefiting Adult Education—including serving as Secretary for CCAE Northern Section, chairing the Awards Committee for the 2012 CCAE State Conference, and advocating for CCAE and Adult Education issues.

Kathy exemplifies the ideals of a great Adult Education Teacher!


Time To Reach Out To Students About Voting

October 20th is the last day to register to vote in the November 4th General Election.

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen is asking adult school administrators to join her in spreading the word to students about how easy and convenient it is to register to vote using the online system.

Adult schools and community colleges can help improve voter turnout by sharing these key dates and New Voters web page with faculty and students, in all subject areas. The "Reaching New Voters" section of the New Voters page provides tools in all 10 covered languages that make it easy to spread the word about voting, in the following nonpartisan ways:

• Add a "My Vote" or "Register to Vote" button to your website.

• Post a website message about registering and voting.

• Display or distribute a "Registered to Vote?" poster/flyer.

The Secretary of State is inviting you to join in this endeavor to let everyone know how convenient it is now to become a California voter. With your involvement, many more citizens will take part in our democracy, this fall, as voters.

Migration Policy Institute

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: 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).


The Communicator
October 2014

In This Issue
President's Message
Adult Education Webinar, October 23, at 3:00 p.m.–Register Now!
CCAE State Conference 2015 Call for Presenters Now Open
Mission Possible Encrypted Message
Teacher Spotlight
Renew Your Membership
Central Section Fall Conference
LA Metro Section Fall Awards Dinner
Northern Section Fall Conference

South Coast Section Fall Conference
OTAN Professional Development
CALPRO Professional Development

adult education update and field check in

We will be hosting our second webinar to provide an update on the status of adult education activities in and around Sacramento as well as to check in with you in the field regarding your grassroots activity. The webinar is scheduled for:

Thursday, October 23 at 3 p.m. 

Our Legislative and Governmental Budget Advocate, Dawn Koepke, will be discussing the latest insights on the state budget discussions, obtaining feedback from you in the field on your activities, and discussing next steps for action to protect K-12 Adult Schools. We hope you will join us for this important, timely and insightful discussion.

Click here to register.

The webinar will be recorded and a link will be provided on the CCAE website. It will only be available until November 23, 2014.

Legislative Update

Full Court Press to Save Adult Education Underway, Share Your Efforts and Progress Today! 

As the Legislature works to wrap up its 2014 session, we are well in the midst of our full court press to impact the Governor's January budget proposal to ensure it is
workable and protects K-12 adult schools. As part of that effort, we have taken on a number of efforts at the state level and have provided a host of activities for you to undertake at the local level. In this regard, however, we do not have a good sense of the level of engagement and completion of activities at the local level (i.e. NASCAR letters).  It would be helpful for us at the state level to receive an update from the field on the status of your efforts.

Please send such updates to Dan Garcia (Montebello) for CAEAA at and CCAE's office at

Also, thanks to the great work of our CCAE and CAEAA State Legislative Chairs Joanne Durkee and Bob Harper, we have crafted a draft letter for you to have your superintendent sign and send to the Governor. It is important that each of your superintendents are engaged and supportive of our efforts to protect K-12 adult schools and the benefits they provide to their K-12 students and community overall.  Prior to even releasing the letter, we've already received commitments from superintendents across the state to sign such a letter and work with their colleagues across the state to do the same. We hope you'll convince your superintendent to do the same! More... 

2015–2016 Legislative talking points

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...

2015–16 Budget Timeline
2015–16 Budget Myth vs. Fact
2015–16 Budget Sample NASCAR Letter
2015–16 Budget Talking Points
CCAE Section Legislator Responsibilities

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Los Alamitos, CA 90720-0978

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

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