April 18, 2018

Educate & Elevate: Using Personal Essays to Tell the AEBG Story


It's important that our system contain the most current information about consortia contacts, so we want to be sure that you are familiar with the process for updating information in NOVA.
Updating Consortium Leads/Directors
Log into NOVA and double check your consortium director/lead contact information. If it is not current, please follow these steps:

1. Email AEBG TAP about a change or correction. If there is a change, be sure to include the name of the person leaving, the person's position and his or her title; as well as the name of the replacement coming in, along with the replacement's name, position, title and contact information.
2.  Update the change in NOVA. If the consortium director/lead was listed in NOVA as the AEBG primary contact for the consortium, please let AEBG TAP know so the AEBG Office can assist with updating the new primary contact.
3. If your consortium director/lead is changing contact information, please follow the same steps as above (contact AEBG TAP and update NOVA).
Member Removal/Addition
If a consortium adds or removes a member, please notify AEBG TAP and provide the member's name and the nature of the change. If the member is being removed, please include details about why the member is being removed and the status of any remaining AEBG funds. In addition to notifying AEBG TAP, the consortium primary contact would need to reflect the change in NOVA.


May 8 kicks off  Partnerships To Unlock Social Mobility 2.0, a series of meetings focused on se rving the re-entry population and connecting them to regional career pathways. 

The meetings will  bring key workforce and corrections partners together to catalog their successful strategies for serving re-entry populations and to  identify services and partnerships that are needed to connect proven supply-side strategies for the re-entry population with demand-side regional workforce successes.

The  governor's first-of-its-kind General Fund request for $37 million to serve these populations will be introduced to the field at these meetings.

Learn more about Partnerships To Unlock Social Mobility 2.0, and register now for one of the regional meetings being held in May and June.


California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Statewide Webinar
Monday, April 30: Metrics Simplification Initiative
Time: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Description: M any initiative/performance metrics are at play in the California Community Colleges (CCC). Understanding, tracking, responding to, and reporting these various metrics have been difficult at best.  In response to the metrics-related concerns expressed by our CCC colleagues, Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley has initiated an effort to integrate, simplify and align these various metrics. The initiative, led by Visiting Vice Chancellor Omid Pourzanjani, will be conducted through a series of meetings with a representative advisory group to ensure that ample input from the colleges will guide the preparation and recommendation of a simplified set of metrics to the Chancellor's Office. This is the last in a  three-webinar series about the initiative and will be hosted via CCC Confer. 

To attend, simply  click on this link just prior to the event and complete the form to join.  You also can join  by phone at 1-913-312-3202 and enter the participant passcode: 781826.


In addition to a full slate of webinar offerings, we also have in-person training opportunities scheduled this month, related to the TOPSpro system. Visit this page to register for these face-to-face workshops. 

TOPSpro Enterprise Basics
Friday, April 20 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Lassen Community College
TOPSpro Enterprise (TE) tracks student assessment and program results and provides tools to communicate program effectiveness to all stakeholders. Join CASAS staff for this hands-on computer lab training to learn and use the many robust features of TE that improve data collection and provide greater opportunities to analyze and interpret solutions to improve performance outcomes. This workshop focuses on the basic features of TE, such as navigation, reviewing listers, scanning and report generation. This session is appropriate for administrators, program coordinators and database managers.

AEBG Outcomes and Report: The Next Steps 
Thursday April 26 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Mt. Diablo Adult Education - Loma Vista Center 
Tuesday, May 29 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Sacramento County Office of Education
This workshop will provide an overview of the new TOPSpro Enterprise updates to the AEBG Summary and AEBG Data Integrity reports, as well as the new features that help AEBG consortium leads and data managers compare and contrast results with all member agencies. This in-person workshop takes a deeper dive into the AEBG webinars from Feb. 28 and March 7, providing more information about the detailed drill-down reports and consortium-level reports management, and it connects the TE data reports with the specific outcomes and services that comprise AEBG reporting, with specific examples that may trigger when each outcome/service should be reported.


The personal experience carries much power when it comes to storytelling, which is why your students' personal stories are ideal for helping to tell the AEBG story. Last week's Educate & Elevate item focused on submitting to a local publication a single student's experience as an opinion piece or guest column. We know you must have many more success stories to tell, and they shouldn't go untold. Ask students to write a personal essay about what brought them to adult education, what their personal goal was, how the program they are enrolled in has helped them to achieve the goal and what they plan to pursue next. 

If the students give permission, share the stories on your website and promote them via your social media channels. Showcasing your students' experiences not only lets policymakers see the impact of adult education, but it can motivate and inspire potential students who visit your school's or program's website.


In recent years, apprenticeship programs have taken a back seat to other workforce and postsecondary initiatives. Prior to 2015-16, there were no apprenticeship programs offered at any of the member institutions of the VCAEC. Current research supports apprenticeship programs as a critical component of a job-training strategy. The American Culinary Federation, widely accepted as the culinary leader, offers students a combination of OJT and classroom apprenticeship training. The challenge was coordinating with the Los Angeles chapter to align and articulate a pre-apprenticeship program to meet the needs of Ventura County learners. An additional part of the challenge was to find employers willing to pay employees to participate in training.