AB 86 Adult Education Regional Consortia Program
Certification of Eligibility
In the early part of 2014, the AB86 Certification of Eligibility (COE) was released. The COE served as the planning guidance used by regional consortia to develop their plans submitted in March of 2015. The COE required that regions provide regional plans focused on five program areas:
- Elementary and secondary basic skills, including classes required for a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate
- Classes and courses for immigrants eligible for education services in citizenship and English as a second language and workforce preparation classes in basic skills
- Education programs for adults with disabilities
- Short-term career technical education programs with high employment potential
- Programs for apprentices
The regional comprehensive plans were required to address the seven following objectives:
- An evaluation of current levels and types of adult education programs within its region, including education for adults in correctional facilities; credit, noncredit, and enhanced noncredit adult education coursework; and programs funded through Title II of the federal Workforce Investment Act, known as the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (Public Law 05-220).
- An evaluation of current needs for adult education programs within its region. 3
- Plans for parties that make up the consortium to integrate their existing programs and create seamless transitions into postsecondary education or the workforce.
- Plans to address the gaps identified pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2).
- Plans to employ approaches proven to accelerate a student’s progress toward his or her academic or career goals, such as contextualized basic skills and career technical education, and other joint programming strategies between adult education and career technical education. 4
- Plans to collaborate in the provision of ongoing professional development opportunities for faculty and other staff to help them achieve greater program integration and improve student outcomes.
- Plans to leverage existing regional structures, including, but not necessarily limited to, local workforce investment areas.
Click here for the Certification of Eligibility.