The South Bay Consortium for Adult Education is a collaboration of four colleges and five adult schools in Santa Clara County, California. We are working together to build pathways for adult learners so they can achieve economic self-sufficiency in an area with one of the highest costs of living in the nation. Our consortium is committed to having a positive collective impact on the local workforce, building a just economy and healthy community.

SBCAE Public Reports - Update on our progress this year, budget and outcomes reviewed, and the process for developing the next Three Year Regional Plan for Adult Education in the Governance Meeting, December 4, 2017.

The consortium holds regular public meetings to review our progress toward implementing the Three Year Regional Plan, with specific reports on what we have done to achieve objectives. We hope community partners and other stakeholders will attend to hear our reports from faculty and staff, and also see how connections with our community is a high priority for the consortium.

NEWS for Fall 2017. The following presents in a general way 1) a executive summary of the goals for the year, 2) a short evaluation of the activities from last year, and 3) the projects for 2017-18.


The plan, and the more detailed work plans in nine project areas, are the result of multiple conversations with consortium faculty work groups, an online survey sent out to more than 500 community partners and consortium faculty, a two day retreat in June with the Steering Committee and the Consultation Council.


NEWS for Summer 2017: The Alliance for Language Learners' Integration and Educational Success (ALLIES) has worked with the SBCAE to develop a framework for Immigrant Integration. The framework has just been released here. The 17-18 school year will see more work in using the framework to support students and measure their success.

Also, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has released an important report on the progress of California's adult education reform - the AEBG initiative that was responsible for the founding of the South Bay Consortium for Adult Education. The report, Prosperity Through Partnership: Opportunities for AEBG to Strengthen Systems and Communities, makes important recommendations about how the reform can best be achieved. Required reading for those who care about public adult education in California.

The Legislative Analyst Office's summary of the adult education reform's progress - presented to the Senate Budget Committee on Education, March 23, 2017

Here is the Data/Accountability Plan describing how we plan to increase the collection and integration of data about students' progress.

SBCAE Data and Accountability Plan - Feb 13, 2016

ARCHIVE of past meetings, documents, and activities:

On August 10, 2016, we presented the 16-17 Annual Plan in a Public Governance Meeting for input and approval (plan link below). The annual plan was developed with input from faculty and staff of all nine institutions, and community partners. We invite your continued response and advice on what we need to focus on for this next year.

Our Transition Specialists are meeting regularly. Our Faculty Workgroups met on September 23, and continue the work to align curriculum and assessments between the two systems. Bridge programs are offered at multiple campuses, colleges are co-locating classes at adult school, our adults with disabilities specialist is reaching out to all members, we have begun to enhance the SBCAE Transition Center with firm plans open a SparkPoint at the Workforce Institute site. An Immigrant Integration Framework is being developed in partnership with our community-based friends - ALLIES and Working Partnerships USA.

As we move through the second year of our reform, the Regional Plan that was developed with our community, is making a significant difference for the adult learners who come to our programs.

Archive: This site provides an archive of documents for our stakeholders to review. These are the frameworks which have guided our work the last three years.

SBCAE Annual Plan for 2016-2017

SBCAE Proposed Allocation Schedule for 2016-2017

Expenditure reports for 2015-2016 for all seven AEBG districts. It should be noted that a good portion of the funds were not released to the districts until well into the school year. The consortium continues to assess unmet needs and gaps in our region, and, following our Regional Plan, will work to fill those gaps.

Summary AEBG Consortium Expenditures 2015-2016 On Tuesday, July 19, at 1:00 at the Workforce Institute (networking at 12:30), the SBCAE, in partnership with ALLIES, held a meeting of partners of over 30 community-based organizations to review our progress and provide direction to the development of an Immigrant Integration Pathway.This will continue as an important project of our consortium for the 16-17 year.

Minutes of April 25, Public Governance Meeting

Three Year Consortia Plan Update (.pdf)

Annual Plan Summary (updated 10/26/15) (.pdf)

Consortia Report on Governance Rules and Procedures (.pdf)

Organization Chart for SBCAE (.pdf)

Annual Plan Template (submitted to the state, 10/30) (.pdf)

October 26, 2015 Governance Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

January 29, 2016 Public Governance Meeting presentation (.pdf)

January 29, 2016 Public Governance Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

April 25, 2016 Public Governance Meeting Agenda (.pdf)

Proposed FY 2016-17 AEBG Allocation (.pdf)

April 25, 2016 Public Governance Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

May 27, 2015 MOU between SJCC, CACE and MAE RE: Course Placement (.pdf)

SBCAE 16-17 Annual Plan

Through the spring and summer of 2016 the members of the South Bay Consortium for Adult Education reviewed our activities for 15-16 school year, including evaluating student data on our outcomes, in order to identify our priorities and activities for the 2016-17 school year. Our faculty, in their program area Work Groups, and as represented by the faculty Chairs, provided critical input. Our continued communication with our community partners informed our plan, including the important meeting held on July 19 with community partners to discuss our Immigrant Integration Pathway project. The Annual Plan was made available on this website on August 3, and presented to the public for comment on Wednesday, August 10. SBCAE 16-17 Annual Plan

Archived information follows:

The State has released the regional consortia allocations for 2015-16 for the remaining funds (after MOE allocations) from the Adult Education Block Grant.

Download the Schedule for Regional Consortia Allocations (.xls)

The CCCCO and CDE, with the advice of the executive director of the State Board of Education (SBE), worked together to establish a formula to allocate funds to the regional adult education consortia. The formula followed the guidance set forth in Assembly Bill (AB) 104, Section 39 (Chapter 13, Statutes of 2015), which established the Adult Education Block Grant. The Governor's Budget Item 6870-201-0001 appropriated $500 million in total funding for this program.

Previously, the CCCCO and CDE, with the advice of the executive director of the State Board of Education (SBE), certified $336,867,867 as Maintenance of Effort (MOE) allocations, which were posted previously.

Download MOE allocations (.xls)

We want to hear from you. Please submit your comments here and ask to be added to our distribution list.