March 28, 2018



Last week, the Chancellor's Office issued a memo providing initial guidance on Assembly Bill (AB) 705 to give colleges greater clarity in implementing the new law.

The detailed, four-page memo
includes steps colleges can take to begin to move toward compliance of the law, including planning
for substantial increases in transfer-level offerings to accommodate many more students in transfer-level English and mathematics; d eveloping and/or increasing support systems to accelerate skills development of increasing numbers of students who will be placed into transfer-level English and mathematicsdiscussing pedagogical implications resulting from these changes;  and activating the existing function in CCCApply to allow students to self-report their high school performance data. 

Read the full memo for additional important information related to the implementation of AB 705.  


Tuesday, April 17: Implementation and Data Collection for the AEBG MIS Data Elements - A Seminar for Practitioners and Researchers 

Time: 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

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.


Chef Arleen Lloyd (pictured above at center) trained under Julia Child, Jacques Pepin and other renowned chefs amassing a breadth of knowledge and experience that she now is passing on to adult learners at Vista Adult School in North San Diego County. Vista Adult School's is the only adult school culinary arts program in that area, and Lloyd takes pride in knowing that when she teaches its students to cook or bake, ¬≠¬≠they too will pass on these skills to others, and "through this simple action, the invisible chain which binds us together will never be broken and shall continue throughout the generations."
The Education to Career Network consortium recently featured Chef Lloyd in a Q&A on its website, providing an example of how consortia can draw upon educators to highlight the quality education being delivered in adult education classrooms across the state. 

Read the Q&A to learn more about Chef Lloyd and her experiences and philosophy, and to get an idea about how you might replicate this type of feature for your own website.


Salinas Adult School is celebrating its 100 th  year of providing quality education to adults in Salinas. A celebration will take place April 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Salinas Education Center, 20 Sherwood Place, in Salinas.  The centennial celebration will include presentations of music, dancing and artwork by students, a display of the school's history, testimonials from current and former students and addresses by community leaders.

According to this paper by Tyton Partners, on behalf of The James Irvine Foundation, in the United States, it is estimated there are 25 million working, low-income adults, and of those, approximately 7 million are located in California. Within California, this population accounts for nearly 37 percent of the state's entire workforce of 18.6 million people. The report aims to highlight a path for improving the economic and employment opportunities and outcomes for low-income adults. It explores "how an expanding segment of non-traditional programs are both helping low-income adults improve their skills and connecting them to meaningful entry-level jobs and new career pathways."

As described in the report: "One approach for addressing broad-based workforce employment gaps - and, more specifically, education-to-employment pathways - for low-income adults may reside within an emerging ecosystem of programs that lie outside the traditional community and technical college, workforce development, and apprenticeship arenas." It states that an Alternative Pathways Program (APP) is defined as one that focuses on education and training for specific job and career pathways; maintains close alignment with employers and industries to facilitate job placement for participants completing the program and does not offer a traditional postsecondary degree or certificate.


Hanover Research published a list of the Top 10 Undergraduate Degrees on the Rise and the Decline . Informatics is the fast-growing program in the U.S. as practical applications of computers to other fields and disciplines increases, according to the at-a-glance one-pager.

Behind it is the health industry, with a shortage of health care workers and an aging population driving an increase in health profession degrees. On the decline are accounting and business management degrees and education degrees.
Check out the full lists.