Adult Education Focus of Recent Hancock Summit

Summit part of implementation of AB 86

AB86 Summit TestimonialJULY 22, 2014 -- Allan Hancock College hosted an Adult Education Summit July 11 that included 31 public and private agencies to meet and discuss adult educational needs in Northern Santa Barbara County.  The summit was part of a statewide evaluation and planning of adult education needs in California, as mandated by Assembly Bill 86.

Adult education classes are for students who are 18 and over, are generally free, and do not award college units of credit.  They include state-approved vocational certificates and diplomas awarded through General Education Development (GED).

Community colleges offer adult education classes that are referred to as “noncredit” and are intended to provide students with lifelong learning and college transfer and career preparation opportunities.  Noncredit instruction is a key pathway to open access for students with diverse backgrounds and those seeking ways to improve their earning power, literacy skills and access to higher education.

“For many economically disadvantaged and low-skilled adults, it is the first point of entry into a college,” said Ardis Neilsen, dean of academic affairs at Allan Hancock College.

In attendance at the summit were 73 regional education advocates from different agencies that included education, workforce, corrections and social services who share a stake in one or more of the educational project focus areas.  Those areas include elementary/secondary basic skills, citizenship, English as-a-second language, workforce preparation, programs for adults with disabilities, short-term career technical education programs (CTE) and programs for apprentices.

AB86 Summit Discussion

“This is unprecedented.  Never in the history of Community Education have we had this type of opportunity to bring in such a broad, diverse community group to discuss North County’s education needs,” said Neilsen.  

Those at the summit identified and prioritized specific adult educational needs in North County as well as gaps in existing programs.  The larger plan is to then develop success strategies that will better help adult students complete their education and career goals.

The North County summit was the kickoff for a year-long, data-collection process for future consideration by the California Legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown, the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) to support improved effectiveness of adult education programs and requests for increased funding.

The summit was co-hosted by Allan Hancock College and the Lompoc Unified School District, project leads for the AB86 Adult Educational Consortium Planning Project.  The CCCCO and CDE provided additional support.

Allan Hancock College is one of 72 community college districts statewide participating in this planning project.  Lompoc Unified School District is one of 267 California adult education school districts participating in the project.

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Allan Hancock College student Francisco Navarro shares his student success experiences with attendees of the Adult Education Summit.

Mona Baker, Santa Barbara County Workforce Resource Center manager (center), leads a discussion at the Adult Education Summit at Allan Hancock College.

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Last Modified Dec 10, 2014