Practices with Promise Success Story
Submitted By: Jennifer Hutcherson, El Camino College
Consortium collaborates to spread the word about adult education in the region
- Type of Practice: Partnerships & Collaboration
- Targeted Population: Adult Basic Education Students, Adults with Disabilities, First-time Students, High School Equivalency Students, Other: Community and Stakeholders
- Program Area(s): Adult Basic & Secondary Education, Adults with Disabilities, Apprenticeship, English as a Second Language & Citizenship , Career Technical Education
- Consortia Involved: South Bay Adult Education Consortium (El Camino)
Each institution in the South Bay Adult Education Consortium offered quality programs but had not fully developed partnerships to help students transition from one program to another. The region’s adult schools and El Camino College operated in isolation from one another. Students in the community did not always know about all of the programs and choices available to them as they moved to postsecondary education and the workforce. The consortium needed to create multiple ways to inform stakeholders, staff and the community of the partnership and resources being developed.
Consortium members met and planned a variety of events for the staffs of the consortium and the community designed to inform them of the partnership and the future of adult education. The events included: presenting to the academic senate of El Camino College; a joint meeting with the staffs of all of the adult schools and the creation of a 12-page newspaper insert developed to inform the community. The newspaper insert served to introduce the consortium members, give examples of how adult education can serve the needs of students in the community and gave the past, present and future goals for meeting the needs of the community. The insert included profiles of six students.
Some 25,000 copies of the newspaper insert were distributed by consortium member institutions, and 35,000 copies were inserted into the local newspaper. In addition, the electronic version of the publication was emailed to stakeholders, faculty and staff, as well as other interested parties.
The joint staff meeting, which was well attended by staff from each of the adult schools, included a presentation about the history and future of adult education and time for staff to ask questions about the process. Future meetings were scheduled with staff for collaboration and articulation planning.
Anecdotal data show increased interest from adult school students, faculty and staff. Community college faculty and staff have expressed their interest and support. Stakeholders have an increased understanding of the planning process, the current and future adult school programs and possibilities for future services for adults in our community. The newspaper insert is featured on the website in order to continuously communicate with the public, future stakeholders, the Chancellor’s Office and the Legislature.
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