The Northern Santa Barbara County Adult Education Consortium was formed in December
2013 under the direction of Allan Hancock Joint Community College District (AHC) and
the Lompoc Unified School District (LUSD). The collaboration was in response to California
Assembly Bill 86 (AB86), Section 76, Article 3, which mandated the California Community
College Chancellor’s Office and the California Department of Education “jointly provide
planning and implementation grants to regional consortia of community college districts
and school districts for the purpose of developing regional plans to better serve
the educational needs of adults.” This mandate required a “statewide collaboration
and regional approach” to address the state’s critical educational and workforce needs.
(For more information on AB86 history and statewide consortium activities, see http://aebg.cccco.edu/.
While the AB86 project is described by the State as “an opportunity to rethink and
redesign an educational system to establish linkages for students across the California
Department of Education and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office adult
education systems,” it also became an opportunity for Northern Santa Barbara County
stakeholders to identify regional adult education needs and gaps and develop plans
for improvement based on input from faculty, students, community partners, and employers.
The Northern Santa Barbara County Adult Education Consortium welcomed this opportunity
and has worked diligently to envision and carefully design a more robust adult education
plan tailored to North County residents’ needs. This plan, which is built on enhanced
collaboration, leveraged resources, shared data, and best practices, will significantly
expand educational and economic opportunities for North County adult learners.
To learn more about the AEBG legislation visit the AEBG policy page.