Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 5/1/2018 - 5:30 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 9.3 Adult Education Report
Attachment Summary: Adult Education Report
File Attachment:
5-1 Adult Education Board Report.pdf
Quick Summary / Abstract: Staff will report on the status of Adult Education.
Background: Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) Adult Education serves adults in Livermore and surrounding communities, improving and enriching lives through education, training and personal development. We are committed to offering programs that provide lifelong educational opportunities and support services addressing the unique and evolving needs of adults in our community. Livermore Adult Education’s goals and vision align with our District mission to ensure all students will have access and opportunities to develop the skills needed to contribute and thrive in a changing world.

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District has a reputable history of delivering strong adult education classes and programs. With the shift to the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), many school districts diverted state funds that had been previously earmarked for Adult Education. Several districts closed the doors on their adult education programs; however, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District did not. Livermore Adult Education scaled back course offerings but did not suffer a lapse in services for Adult English as a Second Language (ESL), adult high school diploma, or adult high school General Equivalency Diploma (GED) Preparation. A number of the more popular fee-based classes remained intact as well.

In response to a statewide decline in adult education, the California legislature passed AB 86 followed by AB 104 to establish the Adult Education Block Grant (AEBG). AEBG is currently in its third year.
Livermore Adult Education also receives federal funds via the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). In July 2014, WIOA replaced the 1998 Workforce Investment Act (WIA), ensuring the continuation of federal funding for Adult Education. Each state receives a WIOA allocation based on demonstrated need and past performance. In 2017, California WIOA funds were disbursed through a competitive grant process. Livermore Adult Education was granted a two-year award.
In accordance with the both WIOA and AEBG, ESL, High School Diploma and GED Preparation classes are offered free of charge and Career Technical Education (CTE) classes charge a nominal fee.

Community Interest classes are not grant funded and therefore they are fee-based and self-sustaining.
Status During the 2017-2018 school year, the Mid-Alameda County Adult Education Consortium has continued its work to build a network of classes and resources to serve Alameda County adult students. Within the consortium, Livermore Adult Education collaborates and coordinates services primarily with Pleasanton Adult and Career Education, Dublin Adult School, Tri-Valley Regional Occupational Programs and Las Positas College, focusing on the needs of the Tri-Valley.

Currently, Livermore Adult Education offers classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), High School Diploma, GED Preparation, Citizenship, Career Development, and Community Interest.
In addition to long standing beginning, intermediate and advanced leveled ESL classes, in 2017-2018 an ESL Literacy class was added to serve students with limited literacy skills in any language.

CTE classes include Microsoft Office Technology: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Both WIOA and AEBG emphasize preparing students for entry or advancement in the workforce. This year, a Vocational ESL class in safe food handling was added. A cohort of 14 students completed the course and took the Serve Safe Food Handler’s Certificate in English. Thirteen students passed.

In the Citizenship class, students learn United States Government and History while working to improve their English language skills in preparation for the United States Naturalization Interview Exam.

All Community Interest classes are fee-based and self-sustaining. This year Community Interest classes include line-dancing, watercolor, mixed media, creative writing, and beginning Spanish.

Looking forward to the 2018-2019 academic year, the Adult School will continue on the path of continuous improvement. Next year, we plan to offer expanded Career Development classes, increase instructional hours for both High School Diploma and GED Preparation classes, and increase the number and type of Community Interest classes.
Fiscal Impact The Adult and Community Education Program is funded primarily through the Adult Education Block Grant, the WIOA: Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, and designated Local Control Funding Formula dollars.
Superintendent's Recommendation: This item is informational only and requires no action be taken by the Board of Education.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Cherie Salamanca - Executive Assistant - Senior Cabinet
Signed By:
Kelly Bowers, Ed.D. - Superintendent