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July 13, 2017
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Article4Upcoming Deliverables
A reminder that the following items are due soon:
  • Due July 31 in the expense and reporting system:
    • 2015-16 Period 4 - Activities July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017 expenses and progress report due (online certification required)
    • 2016-17 Period 2 - Activities July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 expenses and progress report due (online certification required)
  • Due Aug. 1 in TOPSpro® Enterprise: final year-end data submission for the 2016-17 PY
  • Due Aug. 15 in AEBG web portal: 
    • 2017-18 annual plan
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Article4Adult Ed Block Grant Technical Assistance Webinar Series Schedule
Friday (7/14) Webinar: Educate & Elevate California Campaign: Support for AEBG Kickoff Webinar

Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Description: The AEBG Office is rolling out a statewide campaign to educate policymakers about the importance of AEBG and the excellent innovations and successes of the program's consortia. We are aligning our efforts with the national adult education campaign called Educate & Elevate, hosted by the Coalition on Adult Basic Education and the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education. Our efforts in California will be to promote all the great work of AEBG and to build a coordinated effort among the consortia and other adult education organizations to conduct visits with key legislators in October. This kickoff webinar will provide details about how to get your consortia recognized in both the California and national campaigns, with the help of our communications partner, Full Capacity Marketing, Inc. The team will walk you through the campaign components, toolkit and timeline.

July 19 Webinar: AEBG Data Submission Guidelines

Time:  12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Description:  The California (CA) Data Submission Guidelines for AEBG workshop reviews submission requirements for the end-of-the-year data submission. Learn the "do's" and "don'ts" of data submission and how to avoid the most common data submission errors.
In this session, you will:
  • Learn the details of each data submission requirement
  • Verify the due dates and options for submitting data
  • Learn about common pitfalls and the steps to ensure your data submission is successful
Audience: This training is appropriate for administrators and database managers responsible for completing specific deliverables required to meet the CA AEBG quarterly and end-of-year reporting requirements.

To Know About AEBG Webinars:
  • The AEBG Office and the AEBG Technical Assistance Project (TAP) are hosting a series of webinars and events to provide professional development, technical assistance and important AEBG updates and information. Wednesdays are designated for professional development, and Fridays are designated for policy/state updates.
  • AEBG Technical Assistance Project webinars will use Adobe Connect. After you register for the webinar at the link provided below, you will receive an email with directions about how to access the webinar. For those who cannot attend the live webinar, an archived recorded version will be made available on the AEBG website.
  • If you need help registering for or accessing the webinar, please call the AEBG TAP at (916) 228-2355. You also can email your questions in advance of the webinar to tap@aebg.org. If questions arise at the time of the webinar, please call instead, as your email likely won't be seen once the webinar is underway. 
REGISTER HERE:  register.aebg.org

Article4AEBG Final Consortium Allocations Released
The final AEBG consortia allocations for 2017-18 have been released. See the link below for the complete list of final allocations. Additionally, the governor's 2017-18 budget has been enacted and the trailer bill language has been finalized. 

Important Links:
Article4Letter to Consortia Regarding 2016-17 End of Year Student Outcome Data Submission
The AEBG Office released a letter regarding 2016-17 year end student outcome data submission. Consortia receiving Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG) funding from the California Community College Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) and the California Department of Education (CDE) for the 2016-17 program year must submit the required student outcome data via TOPSpro® Enterprise (TE) by Aug. 1. Be sure to review the letter for complete details about the submission requirements. 

Support Requests Now Being Taken Via AEBG Website
The AEBG Technical Assistance Project (TAP) and the AEBG Office recently switched to a new support request system that is accessed through the AEBG website. The new system will allow the TAP and the AEBG Office to work together to answer your technical questions and respond to requests for professional development in a quick and efficient manner. The AEBG Office no longer accepts requests for support through the AEBG email address. The AEBG email account is used only for submitting reports and data to the AEBG Office. Use the Support tab on the AEBG website to access the new system to request technical assistance or professional development.   

Article4 Funding Opportunity: Refugee Career Pathways Program
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is inviting eligible entities to submit competitive grant applications for the Refugee Career Pathways (RCP) Program. Through the RCP Program, ORR will provide funding to implement projects that help refugees to qualify for licenses and certifications necessary to attain employment and improve self-sufficiency. Grant applications must be submitted by July 31, 2017.

Allowable activities will include case management, training and technical assistance, specialized English-language training, and mentoring. Grantees also may provide refugee participants with financial assistance for costs related to establishing or re-establishing of credentials, such as obtaining educational credits or enrollment in required certification programs. Grantees are encouraged to collaborate with professional associations, universities and others with expertise in this area to facilitate career opportunities in ways that supplement, rather than supplant, existing services. 

Eligible to apply:  
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher
  • Native American tribal governments (federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public- and state-controlled institutions of higher education
  • State governments 
  • Independent school districts
  • Special-district governments
  • City or township governments
  • County governments 
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities 
  • Faith-based organizations
Learn more about the Refugee Career Pathways Program funding opportunity. 
Article4AEBG Office Launches Field Teams
The AEBG Office has established three field teams: the Data and Accountability Committee, the CTE Assessment Committee and the ABE/ASE/ESL Committee. The committees are comprised of select representatives from K-12 adult schools, community college credit programs and community college noncredit programs, as well as representatives from the California Department of Education and from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. 
The committees will develop recommendations regarding data tracking, definitions , assessment and accountability reporting. The recommendations will be presented in a summary paper and in comprehensive documentation of data and accountability requirements for AEBG grantees and will be used to develop the assessment and accountability report due to the legislature Aug. 1. 
The field teams welcome input from practitioners. Please read the white papers posted at aebg.ccco.edu and share your thoughts. Community members are encouraged to provide comments throughout the process regarding priorities and concerns on data and accountability issues. Comments and suggestions also can be submitted via this  comment form .
For more information and future updates, visit the AEBG Field Teams page for white papers, meetings agendas and committee notes.