The purpose of AB86 (now known as AEBG: Adult Education Block Grant):
The purpose of AB86 (short for Assembly Bill 86) Section 76, Article 3 is to provide grant funds to regional consortia to create and implement a plan to better provide adults with all of the following:
• Elementary and secondary basic skills, including classes required for a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate
• Classes and courses for immigrants eligible for education services in citizenship, and English as a second language and workforce preparation classes in basic skills
• Education programs for adults with disabilities
• Short-term career technical education programs with high employment potential
• Programs for apprentices
Who are we:
We are a consortium of stakeholders serving the needs of adults in Placer and Nevada Counties. Our members include Sierra Joint Community College, in the region (both Rocklin, and Grass Valley, and Truckee campuses) the adult schools in the region; Placer School for Adults in Auburn, Roseville Adult School in Roseville, Nevada Union Adult School in Grass Valley, each providing education services to adults in the region.
Our partners include a very long list of agencies with a focus of providing support to adults in several areas. If you are an adult living in the surrounding regions of Auburn, Colfax, Foresthill, Granite Bay, Grass Valley, Lincoln, Loomis, Newcastle, Rocklin, Roseville, Tahoe-Truckee, or one of the many smaller towns within this area, we want to support your educational and career-readiness needs.
It is the intent of the Sierra Joint Consortium to leverage the strengths of members and partners to deliver outstanding adult education programs and services with seamless transitions into the workforce or postsecondary education.
Our goals align with the mission in several ways. The first goal is to build a highly functional group of partners who share the same vision -- to plan and deliver effective educational programs and services to adults. The consortium name helps to explain this goal – “Sierra ASSETS” (Adult Student Support, Education, and Training Services).
The second goal is to provide a welcoming and responsive environment to adults seeking a better life through education and job training. Students will realize that there is “no wrong door” -- that the Consortium members and partners will be able to connect them to the proper agency; the one that is best suited to their goals and needs.
We are in the second year of a two-year planning phase to secure new adult education funding.
In the planning phase we are identifying the needs, the gaps, and the funds needed to fully support a new era of adult educational services and support in our region.
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Adult Basic Skills
Classes designed those adults who want/need to improve basic skills in reading, writing and math, and include courses for high school credit leading to a diploma, GED test preparation, as well as classes to support very low levels of reading, writing, and math skills. Counseling is often available to review transcripts and to support the learners choice and placement into the appropriate class. Classes are paced and structured for the adult learner with many life demands. Some classes are delivered in a blended format where students do work in-class and away-from-class using a computer with internet connectivity. Schedules vary, both day and night. Some classes meet in local libraries for one-on-one tutoring for reading support. Most classes are open entry and open exit, which means you can start through out the year.
Adults With Disabilities
Classes and educational programs designed to support adults with disabilities to become self-reliant and successful in the transition to postsecondary education and the workforce. Course content and delivery may vary by school or agency. Programs may include assessment of learning strengths and weaknesses; development of learning skills and strategies; individualized programs supporting perceptual training and development; and personal development courses tied to educational, career and personal goals.
Career Technical Education
Classes/courses create skills related to the work place, for adults needing to develop new skills of hone up current skills. Courses could be in technology, healthcare, construction, fire technology, mechatronics, and many other career areas. Some courses are short in duration (just a few weeks), and some require a longer commitment of time (2-3 semesters). Courses start on numerous cycles, not always aligning with semester cycles.
English as a Second Language
Classes are designed for adults who are learning English as their second language. Classes and schedules vary, with some during the day, and some in the evening. Class structures vary by school or agency; some are normal seat time classes with teacher-student interaction in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Other classes are offered in a Distance Learning model where students come once per week to meet with their teacher, and take work home to complete and return the next week. Many classes are open entry and open exit, which means you can start through out the year.