CAEP eNewsletter

CAEP eNewsletter
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CAEP Preliminary Allocations in NOVA
USCIS Reverts to the 2008 Version of the Naturalization Civics Test
State Center Adult Education Consortium Part of the Fresno K-16 Collaborative
California’s Return to Work Job Seeker Webinars
CA Competes Allied Health Report
Lunch with LARAEC
WestEd Professional Development Series
Upcoming Webinars
Deadlines and Deliverables
CAEP 2021-22 Preliminary Allocations in NOVA
The 2021-22 CAEP Preliminary Allocations are available in NOVA! Consortia can begin holding public meetings and completing the CFAD in NOVA. Remember: the CFAD must be certified by all consortia no later than May 2, 2021.
Questions? Contact CAEP TAP at tap@caladulted.org or (888) 827-2324, if you have any questions or need guidance on completing this process.
USCIS Reverts to the 2008 Version of the Naturalization Civics Test
WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today it is reverting to the 2008 version of the naturalization civics test beginning March 1, 2021.
On Dec. 1, 2020, USCIS implemented a revised naturalization civics test (2020 civics test) as part of a decennial test review and update process. USCIS determined the 2020 civics test development process, content, testing procedures, and implementation schedule may inadvertently create potential barriers to the naturalization process. This action is consistent with the framework of the Executive Order on Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems, which directs a comprehensive review of the naturalization process to eliminate barriers and make the process more accessible to all eligible individuals.
Applicants who filed their application for naturalization on or after Dec. 1, 2020, and before March 1, 2021, likely have been studying for the 2020 test; therefore, USCIS will give these applicants the option to take either the 2020 civics test or the 2008 civics test. There will be a transition period where both tests are being offered. The 2020 test will be phased out on April 19, 2021, for initial test takers. Applicants filing on or after March 1, 2021, will take the 2008 civics test.
The USCIS is hosting a webinar titled, “National Civics Test” on
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 3:30 EST.
State Center Adult Education Consortium Part of the Fresno K-16 Collaborative
The State Center Adult Education Consortium, with their collaborative partners, will be executing their proposal to support adult learners in obtaining education in a Fresno K-16 Collaborative’s pilot pathway to increase employability, educational attainment and socioeconomic mobility; as well as promote prior learning assessment/credit for prior learning (PLA/CPL) to recognize previously acquired education or vocational experiences.
The region’s vision is to intersegmentally provide adult learners with the skills needed for employment, continuing education, career advancement and personal growth. Working intersegmentally, the Fresno K-16 Collaborative along with community partners, will direct efforts to strengthen adult education and ensure students have access to high quality programs leading to their success in college and career.
Learn more about current student success stories:
California’s Return to Work Job Seeker Webinars
The Return to Work webinar series, brought to you by the California Workforce Association, the Employment Development Department, and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, are designed to give you the latest information on how job seekers can return to a safe work place. This interactive workshop will emphasize the needs of our more vulnerable workers that have historically found themselves working in lower wage occupations and have been inordinately impacted by the pandemic. These sessions target workforce professionals and their stakeholders to better prepare them to serve the people of our state. Designed for AJCC staff, workforce development, education, labor and community-based organizations, information will be shared that can be incorporated directly into curriculum and program design.
The two-hour session will cover the following:
  • Benefits available to the job seekers of California
  • Worker Rights while employed
  • What they can expect from their employer under this climate (testing)
  • Who to contact to get additional information about worker rights and safety
  • Federal support, rescue, and stimulus package information
  • Local Labor Market information and analysis
CA Competes Allied Health Report
In the new report, Meeting California’s Demand for Allied Health Workers, California Competes analyzes the barriers limiting California’s supply of allied health professionals and offers solutions for addressing an anticipated annual shortage of up to 37,000 workers. The report identifies three broad categories
of potential solutions specific to addressing the bottleneck: Changes in collective stakeholder efforts; Changes in education programs; Changes in employers.
The state’s recent announcement that supporting the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines at vaccination hubs may count toward allied health students’ clinical hours is one strong example of how an employer-engaged, regionally focused effort can support effective, practical credential completion, and we hope to see others like it.
Lunch with LARAEC – February 25th
The next Lunch with LARAEC will take place tomorrow, February 25th at 12:30 p.m. Tomorrow’s session is titled, Increasing Persistence in Low-Level ESL Classrooms. Francisco Narciso, a member of DACE’s Curriculum and Instruction Unit, will share best practices gleaned from eight veteran LAUSD adult education teachers who have maintained high persistence rates in their low-level ESL classrooms during the COVID-19 transition to online instruction.
The Zoom link can be found at LARAEC.org or http://laraec.org/lunchwithLARAEC/
The LARAEC team is currently accepting proposals for future presentations. Please visit LARAEC.org or http://laraec.org/lunchwithLARAEC/
Upcoming WestEd Professional Development Series
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WestEd is pleased to announce that we will be launching a series of statewide webinars. These webinars will introduce you to key concepts and topics for adult educators as they relate to your CAEP work and the Adult Education Pipeline Dashboard. These webinars are the place to start preparing for your three-year plan or begin exploring the AEP data tools and resources. You can also schedule a follow up training that is tailored to your consortium, K-12 Adult School, community college noncredit program or a community college district needs. More to come soon…
Upcoming Webinars
Free ICAN Safe Workforce, Safe Workplace Training & Certificate
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PST
The Infection Control for All Now (ICAN) Certificate/Digital Badge is now free online for educators and industry professionals. Join members of the Workforce Economic Development Division, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office as they provide information on the new ICAN program. Specifically, the ICAN program provides:
  • Free, self-paced two-hour training program for non-health workers to educate employees on preventing the spread of disease.
  • Built on CDC and CDPH content with industry input. Those who complete the course earn a Digital Badge and Certificate in one of seven areas: Distribution Center (Warehouse), Lodging Customer Service, Culinary Service, Engineering & Maintenance, Contracted Service and Housekeeping and Retail Customer Service.
  • Developed in Canvas for ease of adoption by educators.
  • A collaboration of the Health Workforce Initiative and Retail/Hospitality/Tourism Initiative, Workforce Economic Development Division, California Community College Chancellor’s Office.
CAEP Effective Practices Webinar – Transitions
Thursday, March 11, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. PST
At the heart of the CAEP mission is supporting adult learners’ transitions to postsecondary education and employment. On this March 11 webinar, you will hear from High Road Alliance and a panel of CAEP consortium leaders across the state about the range of ways that adult educators are collaborating across systems and integrating services to support students in achieving their transition goals. Come be inspired by effective practices underway here in California, including some exciting innovations that stand out for their creativity, resourcefulness, and impact. Listen to presenters and then be ready to chime in with your own examples and questions for panelists and peers.
CAEP Effective Practices Webinar – Immigrant Integration
Thursday, March 18, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. PST
The Immigrant Integration Framework invites adult educators to partner more deliberately with immigrant students to identify their goals and priorities, devise strategies across the Framework’s ten areas, and collaborate with other organizations to improve our impact. Join this March 18 webinar to hear from High Road Alliance and a panel of CAEP consortium leaders across the state about ways adult education supports immigrant integration through curriculum and instruction, student support services, and community connections and referrals. Come with questions and be prepared to share and learn about ways CAEP partners are addressing the Framework’s ten goal areas to support immigrant students and communities.
Deadlines & Deliverables
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  • Feb 28: Preliminary allocations for 2021-22 and 2022-23 released by this date.
  • Mar 1: 18/19 and 19/20 and 20/21 Member Expense Report due in NOVA (Q2)
  • Mar 1: Close out of 18/19 Member Funds due in NOVA
  • Mar 31: 18/19 and 19/20 and 20/21 Member Expense Report certified by Consortia in NOVA (Q2)
  • Mar 31: Close out of 18/19 funds in NOVA certified by Consortia in NOVA
  • Mar 31: End of Q3
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