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Practices with Promise Success Story

Submitted By: David Gonzales, Long Beach City College

Long Beach Adult Education Consortium: Re-establishing services to adults

The Challenge

The region’s adult education services were decimated in the last economic downturn as the districts in our region struggled to maintain foundational programs and services. The main providers of much of the region’s adult education services were shuttered or reduced to being operated by skeleton or part time personnel and programs that served theses students were inactivated. Potential students in the region were sent outside the region. Prior to this, the two agencies had very little contact and provided some of the same types of services. Neither agency collaborating and there being a sort of territoriality existing. Now, in addition to funding convers, space and facilities in which to provide services must be addressed

The Solution

The Long Beach Adult Education Consortium met several times since the RFA was announced to devise a plan for better serving adult learners in our region. The consortium consists of the LBUSD and LBCC with participation from a broad spectrum of community service providers. The fact that this is a two-district consortium allowed us to easily bring together a group of stakeholders and begin the dialogue about what exists and what is needed in our region. To address these needs, the local consortium created an Adult Education Center Working Group focused on establishing a prototype Adult Education Center.

Among the many stakeholder participants, the Learning and Academic Resources Department at LBCC provided the predominant input and work products in the AB 86 planning phase. Their history of serving this population, understanding of the consortium-wide gaps in service to this group, experience in supporting CTE students, understanding of career pathways and basic skills acceler


1. Communication: Interdisciplinary work groups shared strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) in planning for a community Adult Education Center. LBCC LAR Department took the lead in conceptualizing a comprehensive adult education plan that encompasses basic skills, CTE/workforce support, GED preparation/assessment, secondary knowledge development, and the certification of holistic basic adult education at a pre-transfer level. (See arrow visual)
2. Professional Development: The exchange of ideas was enhanced through college on-campus tours and on-site meetings for LBUSD and community partners. LBUSD faculty job shadowed LBCC LAR Department team members to enhance understanding of program’s structure, scope and rigor.
3. Curriculum Expansion: Following discussions among LBCC LAR Department faculty and LBUSD Adult School faculty, as well as focused curricular analysis, three new learning modules were created for the LBCC Basic Adult Education curriculum. The

The Data

The curriculum modules created are currently in the pilot phase among the students who participate in the partially revitalized Basic Adult Education Program at LBCC.

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