The South Bay Adult Education Consortium was formed to address the requirements of the AB86 adult education legislation. The purpose of AB86 adult education legislation is to improve the delivery of adult education in five program areas and address existing gaps in programs and services through development of Regional Comprehensive Plans.
A core group of partners has participated in planning the Regional Adult Education Plan, including the San Diego Workforce Investment Board/ San Diego Workforce Partnership; the South County Career Center; the San Diego County Public Library System; San Diego Job Corps; the San Diego Council on Literacy; and the California Department of Rehabilitation.
Following the AB86 planning process, AB104 established the Adult Education Block Grant, which added two additional program areas, for a total of seven program areas for adults 18+
The seven program areas are:
• 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 educational services in citizenship and English as a second language, and workforce preparation classes in basic skills.
• Programs related to entry or reentry into the workforce
• Programs designed to develop knowledge and skills to assist elementary and secondary school children to succeed academically in school
• Education programs for adults with disabilities.
• Short-term career technical education programs with high employment potential.
• Programs offering pre-apprenticeship training.