Overview

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/Region Map

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.

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Last Modified Oct 23, 2018