Adult Basic and Secondary Education

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Adult Basic Education programs offer adults a way to improve and advance their reading, writing, and math skills to the high school level before studying for a high school diploma or preparing for the GED/HiSet tests.

Earning a high school diploma or high school equivalency such as GED or HISET can make a real difference in adult learners’ future. A diploma shows that students have learned the basic skills and knowledge included in a high school education and provides access to postsecondary training programs or the workforce.


One of four SBCAE Faculty Work Groups, the ABE/ASE Faculty Work Group advances the implementation of the Three Year and Annual Plan, as it relates to Basic Skills or High School Diploma/Equivalency Programs.

Current Year Activities, aligned with project 3 in the 2020-2021 work plan include:

  • Advancing the implementation of SB554 (Dual Enrollment)
  • Inventory basic skills and high school diploma/equivalency programs offered by SBCAE members
  • Develop strategies to increase ABE/ASE students’ transition to postsecondary pathways
  • Act as liaison with other ABE/ASE providers in our community, through participation in the Opportunity Youth Partnership network

2020-2021 ABE/ASE Faculty Work Group members

Ann Solovskaya East Side Adult Education Archana Nekkar Campbell Adult Education
Azar Sioshansi San José City College Manjit King
Evergreen Valley College
Christine Auran Campbell Adult Education Glennis Cameron
East Side Adult Education
Al Gonzalez Evergreen Valley College Bill Collins Silicon Valley Adult Education
Jennifer Nestojko
San José City College vacant Campbell Adult Education
Jorge Silva East Side Adult Education Joseph Baiza Milpitas Adult Education
June Nichols Santa Clara Adult Education Celso Batalha Evergreen Valley College
Michelle Fancis West Valley College Robbie Kunkel
Steering Committee member
Evergreen Valley College
Nanda Jain West Valley College Sarah Sullivan Mission College
Sonya Espinola East Side Adult Education Shawn Tran East Side Adult Education
Christine Berdiansky
Steering Committee member
Santa Clara Adult Education Eric Grabiel
Steering Committee member
West Valley College
Valerie Jensen
Steering Committee member
Mission College Traci Williams
Steering Committee member
East Side Adult Education

ABE/ASE Faculty Work Group Meeting Agendas and Minutes