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CCAE History - Celebrating 75 Years!
As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the California Council for Adult Education (CCAE), I think it's appropriate to take a look back at a bit of our history. If you'll remember, last month we took a look at the founding of CCAE. This month, the structure of the organization:

Members of CCAE in the forties included administrators, teachers, University of California Extension personnel, key leaders in adult education, and other interested individuals. Today CCAE includes administrators, teachers, classified staff, institutional members, and interested individuals. Members are from adult schools, community colleges, correctional institutions, and many other public and private agencies which are dedicated to the promotion of adult education in this state.

The original sections were:
Northern Section (centered on the City of Sacramento)
North Coast Section (centered on the City of Eureka)
Bay Section (centered on the area around San Francisco Bay)
Central Section (centered on the area from Bakersfield to Fresno in the Central Valley)
Southern (all of what is now the Southern, LA Metro, and South Coast Sections)

There was a Central Coast Section in the fifties, but by 1969 the sections were identified as Bay, Central, Northern, Southern and South Coast. The sixth section to be added in 1987 was Los Angeles Metropolitan.

There have been many changes in the structure of CCAE over the years. Neither the Northern Coast nor Central Coast Sections had enough adult education programs of sufficient size in their areas to sustain sections, although they both existed as sections for over twenty years with limited membership. The Central Coast Section requested to merge with the Bay Section in 1965, and the North Coast Section followed in 1970.

At the same time, the number and size of adult schools was increasing, along with the population, in the southern part of the state until it became apparent that reorganization was needed. On March 21, 1969, the CCAE State Board approved a plan to split the Southern Section into two sections. The counties of San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial continued as the Southern Section. The counties of Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Inyo formed the new South Coast Section. A lavish double installation was held at the Del Coronado Hotel in the San Diego area on November 8, 1969.

The next reorganization of sections occurred in 1985 when the South Coast Section divided and the new Los Angeles Metropolitan Section was formed. The LA Metro Section consisted of all of the schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District and other independent adult schools on the west side of Los Angeles County. The South Coast Section retained the rest of the former section.

Next month: CCAE's Mission

This information was condensed from the CCAE State Leadership Handbook, 2018-2019. Most of the information was researched by Steve Prantalos (Executive Director, 1999-2013) and Virginia Donnellan, (President, 1995-1996).

Best Wishes for a great month ahead!

Adriana Sanchez-Aldana
Executive Director
California Council for Adult Education (CCAE)
Student Success Stories
CCAE would like to recognize  Xiaoyi Li, of the South Coast Section (photo shown right), and Liliana Aparicio, of the LA Metro Section (photo shown left), for their outstanding successes .

Read a bout their remarkable journeys and life changes through adult education!  Click HERE for Xiaoyi's story. Click HERE for Liliana's story.
CCAE 2019 Conference
Collaborate with your colleagues from around the state on April 25-27, 2019. We will be  celebrating 75 years  as an 
organization  and hope you will join us in San Diego!

Registration is open! Register  HERE .
CCAE Conference Exhibitors
Exhibitors and sponsors receive outstanding benefits at our state conference, from sending representatives or placing ads in our program. Are you interested in exhibiting for the CCAE State Conference? Click HERE to register! You can find more information about exhibiting and sponsoring HERE.
Legislative Day
CAEAA & CCAE Legislative Day will be April 8th & 9th in Sacramento, CA. Click HERE to register for training webinars and for more Leg Day schedule information. Click HERE to book overnight accommodations at the Hyatt.
When On Twitter, Use #AdultEdu
The adult education community has a strong positive presence on social media. Even if you don't have a Twitter account you can go to and type #AdultEdu so that you can keep up-to-date. If tweeting, make sure you include that hashtag in your post so that other members of the community can find you and follow you. And if you are wondering if it does work, check out a series of more recent posts by the Honorable Assembly Member Kevin McCarty related to our work and his experience as an adult learner.
  • About earning his high school diploma at San Juan USD's Winterstein Adult Ed - CLICK HERE.
  • About the value of adult education - CLICK HERE
  • After speaking to a group of adult education administrators  - CLICK HERE
And of course, you will always get useful information and professional development if you follow your professional associations at @CCAEstate and @COABEHQ.
OTAN Professional Development
The nomination period for the 2019 Adult Education Students Succeed Program is now open. OTAN invites nominations of adult ed learners who are  successful  as a result of the education received at 
California WIOA-funded adult education agencies.  This  is a great way to recognize  the hard work that an  outstanding  student has completed in the pursuit of their  personal,  academic, and professional goals.  To learn more, 
click HERE Review the OTAN training sessions for March 2019 HERE.
CALPRO Professional Development
Enjoy outstanding professional development 
offered by our partner, CALPRO.
March / April Highlights  HERE .
March / April Flyer  HERE .
CASAS Professional Development
Review the CASAS training 
sessions for  March 2019  HERE .

We gratefully acknowledge our sponsors who 
enable us to keep the cost of the conference 
low due to their financial support. 
Please review the sponsors' page  HERE.


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