Glossary of Terms

Term

Definition

Adult Basic Education (School Districts)

Academic classes for grades 1 to 8. Also called Elementary Basic Skills in the CCC system.

Adult Education Regional Consortium (AERC)

The regional consortiums that will be established through the Joining Forces for Adult Education grant funds.  The AERC will be tasked with planning and implementation to better provide adult education within its region.  AERC will be made up of at least one CCD and at least one SD within the CCD.  If CCD chooses not to participate, a SD will be able to join with neighboring CCD.

Adult Secondary Education (School Districts)

Academic classes for grades 9 to 12. Also called Secondary Basic Skills in the CCC system.

Basic Skills (Community Colleges)

In Community Colleges, "basic skills" refers to pre-collegiate coursework in reading, writing, or math. Title 5 indicates that classes one level below transfer may be degree-applicable. If a college designates an English, reading, or math class as degree-applicable, it may not be classified as basic skills.

Community College District

A community college district as designated by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office – a total of 72 districts in the state.

Credit

Credit courses in the California Community Colleges may be transferable to a 4-year college, apply to an Associate degree, or may be pre-collegiate level basic skills, which are not transferable and do not apply toward a degree.

CTE/Career Technical Education

Short-term vocational programs with high employment potential consist of a course of study, or an organized sequence of courses leading to a vocational/career technical objective, certificate or award that is directly related to employment not resulting in a degree.

Elementary Basic Skills (Community Colleges)

Academic classes for grades 1 to 8. Also called Adult Basic Education by both schools and community colleges.

Enhanced Non-Credit

Certain non-credit courses in the California Community Colleges receive a rate of apportionment that is higher than regular non-credit courses but lower than credit courses. Also called Career Development or College Preparation (CDCP) courses, they must be part of a sequence of courses leading to a certificate and either 1) lead to improved employability or job placement possibilities or 2) lead to college-level coursework. These courses are only in the categories of Elementary or Secondary Basic Skills, ESL, Workforce Preparation, or Short-Term Vocational education.

Industry

Private sector businesses and trade organizations (includes public health care providers).

Non-Credit

Non-credit courses in the California Community Colleges may be offered in 10 program categories that are similar to those in Adult Education. Courses in the categories of Older Adults, Parenting, Persons with Substantial Disabilities, Immigrant Education, Health and Safety, and Home Economics/Family & Consumer Sciences receive the lowest rate of apportionment in the CCC system and are called "regular non-credit" or simply "non-credit."

Programs for Apprenticeship

Information on Programs for Apprenticeships can be found here in the Resources section.

School District (SD)

K-12 School District that offers Adult Education and is under the authority of the California Department of Education – a total of 1,043 districts in the state, 300 of which have Adult Education Programs

Secondary Basic Skills (Community Colleges)

Academic classes for grades 9 to 12. Also called Adult Secondary Education by both schools and community colleges.

Workforce and Economic Development Division Regional Consortia (WEDDRC)

These are not to be confused with Adult Education Regional Consortia. The regional consortia established by the WEDD grant as part of the Doing What Matters framework for Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development at community colleges. There are a total of 15 WEDDRC in the state that cover broad geographical regions. The regions were divided based on geography and economic/industry similarities.

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