The State Center Adult Education Consortium consists of adult schools, community colleges, and other local partners that provide basic education and short-term career technical education training for adults 18 years and older in order to assist with seamless transitions into the workforce and/or post-secondary education.


Contact Us

Sherri Watkins
Executive Director
(559) 573-4816

Amy Emrany
Regional Coordinator
(559) 573-4687

Pang Vangyi
Regional Transitions Counselor
(559) 573-4638

Oscar Hinojosa
Transitions Specialist
(559) 545-8312

Mary Lopez
Transitions Specialist
(559) 776-7919

Michelle Santesteban
Transitions Specialist
(559) 593-0993

Karina Vera
Data & Accountability Specialist
(559) 593-1131

Allyson Adams
Administrative Assistant
(559) 207-3189

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Golden Valley USD Educational Options School Highlighted in Local Publication
A recent issue of The
Ranchos Independent
included an interview with Avo Atoian, Principal at Educational Options, and State Center Adult Education Consortium 
Board Member. 

Educational Options consists of six separate schools, including Golden Valley Adult School, which offers independent study programs in High School Diploma, ESL, Citizenship, and Technology for students 18 years and older. 

English Language Learner (ELL) Workforce Navigator Pilot Program
The Madera County Workforce Investment Corporation, in collaboration with the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board, and the State Center Adult Education Consortium, helps individuals who face substantial cultural and language barriers to employment become equipped for careers, empowered with character, and prepared to participate in the global economy.

Assistance is available with:
  • Adult Basic Education
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • High School Diploma, GED, or HiSET exam
  • Transition to college of higher education
  • U.S. Citizenship class
  • Career Technical Education
  • Transitional Jobs Training
  • On the Job Training
  • Legal and Immigration Resources
  • and much more...
For more information about services in Madera County, contact Sophia Aguilar at (559) 662-4509.

For more information about services in Fresno County, contact Ana Escareno at (559) 230-4015.

Congratulations to Ms. Brandi Cruz, Madera Adult School High School Diploma Teacher, for being selected as Madera Adult School Teacher of the Year!

Brandi will go on to compete for Madera County's Teacher of the Year. We wish her the best of luck!

COABE NCSDAE Legislative Alert
On February 9, President Trump signed a Continuing Resolution that includes significant increases in Non-defense
Discretionary spending and offers the opport unity to increase funding for Adult Education, among other programs. 

Now, each Appropriations Committee must decide how to allocate its new funds. This is a unique opportunity to increase funding for Adult Education by $100 million (a roughly 17 percent increase).

USA Learns - Free Online Courses in US Citizenship and English
USA Learns is a free website created by the Sacramento County Office of Education to help adults learn English and prepare for U.S. Citizenship. 

The website teaches English by providing engaging videos and educational activities. Learners have the opportunity to learn English independently or with the support of their teacher. 

Teachers may access the USA Learn for Teachers website that enables adult educators to easily create online courses and monitor their students' progress as they complete the activities and lessons.

AEBG - Renewed Advocacy More Critical Than Ever!
Heading into year three of the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG), adult schools and community colleges continue to make strides in collaborating and serving adult students in need for basic skills, ESL, citizenship, short term career training, and more. Unfortunately, AEBG is not being sufficiently conveyed to the Legislature at the local level.

To assist in efforts to promote adult education, CCAE and CAEAA have put together an advocacy plan for FY 17-18 that will help pave the pathway for further investment in AEBG.


COABE Professional Development
The Coalition on Adult Basic Education is offering free professional development webinars in April. 

April 11, 2018
The Skills and Knowledge Needed for the Naturalization Test and Interview

April 18, 2018
Education the Public and Elevate Adult Education

April 19, 2018
Investing in Quality: A Blueprint for Adult Literacy Programs and Funders

April 25, 2018
ELA Instruction in the Contextualized Classroom: A Standards-based Approach to Soft Skills-infused Instruction

AEBG Technical Assistance Webinar Series Schedule
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.  Check the AEBG Webinar page for a complete schedule.
  • Wednesdays are designated for professional development.
  • Fridays are designated for policy/state updates.
April Webinars

April 6, 2018
CFAD and An Introduction to NOVA Expense Reporting for AEBG

April 11, 2018
AEBG Data-Submission Guidelines

April 17, 2018
Implementation and Data Collection for the AEBG MIS Data Elements - A Seminar for Practitioners and Researchers

April 20, 2018
NOVA Expense Reporting for AEBG

April 25, 2018
Building Student Success on Timed Writing Exams

April 30, 2018
Statewide Webinar about the Metrics Simplification Initiative

Professional Development by CALPRO
CALPRO is offering numerous Professional Learning Opportunities for April and May 2018.

CALPRO Highlights
Professional Development by OTAN

OTAN (Outreach and Technical Assistance Network for Adult Educators) offers both online and face-to-face workshops for adult educators and staff throughout California. Funded through the California Department of Education, OTAN's staff development classes, online workshops and course materials are provided at no cost to the school or individual.


CCAE Legislative Day 2018
April 9-10, 2018
CAEAA-CCAE's Legislative Day Events are scheduled for Monday, April 9, 2018 and Tuesday, April 10, 2018.  Members and students will be converging on the Capitol to speak with their local legislators.

Adult Education Rally

Monday April 9, 2:30 pm

State Capitol, West Side


Legislative Day Training

Monday, April 9

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Golden State Meeting Room


Legislative Day Visits

Tuesday, April 10, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Rooms TBD


Additional Information


CCIS Networking Event
April 9, 2018
California Consortium for Independent Study will be hosting an Area Networking Event in Fresno on April 9, 2018 at Central Learning Adult/Alternative School (CLASS).

Attendees will have a chance to share what sets their Independent Study school or program apart, hear about upcoming CCIS events and projects, and leave with contact information from other attendees.

CCAE State Conference
May 3-5, 2018
Collaborate with others from around the state, in Fresno on May 3-5, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Fresno Convention Center.

Learn about new best practices and receive targeted training from leaders in the adult education field.  There will be 25 strands offered - comprised of more that 75 breakout sessions - providing valuable, state-of-the-art training that you will be able to bring back to your adult ed program.

Join more that 1,000 conferees, and enjoy numerous networking opportunities with your peers in adult education and around the state.

CCAE Central Section Awards Banquet
May 24, 2018
Save the date for the CCAE Central Section Awards Banquet!

More details will be posted soon.

CASAS Summer Institute
June 19-21, 2018
The CASAS National Summer Institute 2018 will be held June 19-21 in San Diego, CA.

Don't miss this once-a-year exceptional professional development opportunity.  Increase your knowledge and skills in using assessment results to inform instruction and to improve programs.  Learn more about data-driven decision-making.  The Institute is appropriate for:
  • Education providers (administrators, coordinators, instructors, and support staff)
  • Workforce development professionals
  • Business and industry representatives
  • State-level personnel (adult education directors and other state-level professionals)
  • Anyone interested in learning more about the CASAS system


Fresno County Library Online Services
The Fresno County Library offers a wide variety of online services. General information that can be found at

Another useful tool from the Fresno County Library is the LearningExpress Library, featuring tutorials, videos and practice tests geared toward helping learners achieve their goals.  Depending on their needs, customers can explore different areas such as the Adult Learning Center, the Career Center, and the High School Equivalency Center, as well as others. 

Making Digital Communication Accessible
Please click on the following link to read an article discussing tips for making the information schools share with students' families more accessible for people of all abilities.

Regional Education and Workforce Resource Summit Information
State Center Adult Education Consortium and Central/Mother Lode Regional Consortium partnered to offer a half-day summit designed to provide an opportunity to Learn , Share and Network .

Please click below for the Resource Summit Brochure.

CCAE Regional Consortium Directory
CCAE is compiling a directory of the most updated adult education providers which will include primary contacts, program areas in which they deliver instruction, and total number of students served.  The goal is to strengthen local sharing of best practices by creating a directory of programs that is easy to use. 

Contact for assistance.

AEBG Services Directory Now Available Online
You can now access services, by program area, for each consortium and each member within a consortium through the AEBG Services Directory, which is accessible below and via the AEBG homepage.  This is a great collaboration tool in that it allows you to easily see which other consortia or members offer similar services and can also be shared with prospective students who want to know more about programs offered within their community.

AEBG Report on Implementation and Effectiveness
The Preliminary Report on the Implementation and Effectiveness of the Adult Education Block Grant Program is now available on the AEBG website.

To ensure that AEBG funding accelerates adults into employment, living wages, and full engagement in society, AEBG state legislation requires the the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction submit reports to the Legislature.  This is the preliminary report, with the final report due March 1, 2018, and it addresses the key requirements of the legislation, the evolution of California's adult education system, and recommendations.

Click on the photo above to view the report.

AEBG Office Releases E-Magazine
The AEBG Office has released a new eMagazine.  The eMagazine tells the story of why adult education is important to California's economy and provides an overview of AEBG activities, data and innovations.

This current issue also includes a video highlighting the Fresno region's efforts to connect adult students.

Click on the photo above to view the eMagazine.

Fresno Unified Opens Dream Resource Center
The Dream Resource Center is now open at the Fresno Adult School satellite campus located in Manchester Center.  The resource center is set up to assist the community with the federal government's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program renewal applications, citizenship courses, dissemination of accurate information, training for our stakeholders, and provide office space for individuals to receive services and support.  The center will also serve non-Fresno Unified participants.

Dream Resource Center Opening
Dream Resource Center Opening