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January 27, 2015
In this issue you'll find:
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Article2This Week's Webinar: Updates on Funding, Data Collection, Use of Funds, Reporting Expenses, 16-17 Plans
This week's webinar will focus on updates on funding, data collection, use of funds, reporting expenses, and 16-17 plans. It's this Friday, January 29, from 12-1 p.m. and will be recorded and posted to the AEBG Webinar series page. Visit that page or see below for directions on connecting to the webinar.  
How to Connect:
  • Dial your telephone conference line: (888) 886-3951
  • Cell phone users dial: 913-312-3202
  • Enter your NEW passcode: 314393
  • Click the Participant Log In button under the Meet and Confer logo
  • Locate your meeting and click Go
Fill out the form and click Connect
Article1RFA Released: Acute Labor-Market Needs - Industry-Recognized Credentials and 21st Century Skills
The Community College Chancellor's Office Workforce and Economic Development Division announced a $1.8 million grant opportunity on Friday, January 22, 2016. All colleges and college districts are eligible to apply. (CLICK HERE to see the CCCCO memo):

Industry-Driven Regional Collaboratives (IDRC): Industry-Recognized Credentials and 21st Century Skills (15-198)

Below is key information from the CCCCO memo:

  • Letter of Interest Deadline*: Friday, February 5, 2016
  • Bidders Workshop: Monday, February 1, 2016
  • Application Due Date: Friday, March 4, 2016 by 5:00 pm
  • Funding Stream(s): Senate Bill 1402 (Lieu) California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program 
  • Total Funds Available: $1.8 million estimated Match:
  • Dollar-for-Dollar (1:1) 

The RFA Instructions, Terms, and Conditions describe opportunities and application requirements for competitive grant opportunities.  

Article3Use of AEBG Funding
For those consortia wondering about member's use of AEBG funds - please use the following guidance. Members may spend AEBG funds on items as long as:
  1. The item is in the consortium's 3 year plan, 
  2. The item is budgeted as an objective/activity in the consortium's 15-16 annual plan, 
  3. Members and the public had a chance to review/comment, 
  4. Members gave the final approval of these plans (which included this item), and 
  5. The member requesting the item is in good standing with the consortium.

Article6Closing Out AB86 Grant Funds: New Notes Added
Please note: with the addition of the AB104 grant, the expenditure and progress tracking system had to update its name to AB104. The system wouldn't allow the AB86 and the AB104 at the same time as they are both attached to the same adult education program (this will change when we get a new adult education-only financial system). Your grant numbers 13-328-XX for AB86 have not changed.  You just might see the AB104 header instead of the AB86 header. Please don't be alarmed.

The AB86 Planning Grant activities ended on 12/31/15. All budget changes to Q7 were submitted into the online expenditure system by December 18, 2015. A final report will be due by January 31, 2016, with the close out report due by February 12, 2016. The 10% withholding will be released based on the following steps: 
  • Step 1: Submission of any budget changes to Q7 by Friday, December 18, 2015. The system did not accept any late budget changes. 
  • Step 2: Consortia will complete Q7 report (January) and submit for approval by January 31, 2016 (if not sooner).
  • Step 3: Once approved by the AEBG Office, consortia will complete their Final Report (in the online system) by February 12, 2016 and submit one or several Practices with Promise via the AEBG website (learn more in story below). Note: if you already have a Practice with Promise on the website you may submit more, but you are only required to have one.
  • Step 4:  AEBG Office will verify that Q7 report (January) has been approved, that the Final Report has been approved, and Practices with Promise have been submitted & posted.
  • Step 5: Once verified, the AEBG Office will release the remaining 10% of the grant.  
New Notes for AB86 Closeout:
* When filing your AB86 closeout final report, please ignore the Macth column. It has no bearing on our grant
** Also, please ignore Q8 if you wish. once Q7 is certified by the State, our office will carry over budget and expenses into Q8 (repeating the same information). This will allow each grantee to file their final report (bypassing Q8)
Article41Workforce Data Quality Campaign Launches State Pages
The Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC) is a non-profit, non-partisan initiative that advocates for inclusive, aligned and market-relevant data systems used for advancing the nation's skilled workforce and helping U.S. industries compete in a changing economy. WDQC was developed in 2012 by convening stakeholders from across the education and workforce development spectrum, along with researchers and technical data experts from the state and federal levels. (from the WDQC website, to learn more about the organization CLICK HERE)

The WDQC has expanded it's website to feature information on higher education and workforce data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The pages include a summary of each state's data system, as well as scorecards from WDQC's recent Mastering the Blueprint survey, and links to relevant news, resources, and legislation.

Article41National Council for Adult Learning: Adult Education Facts
The National Council for Adult Learning (NCAL) is a national public charity devoted to improving adult education and workforce skills in America. They are the successor organization to the Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy. NCAL conducts research, policy development, issue analysis, and symposia in all areas of Adult Education (including ESOL, healtlh literacy, distance learning, workplace education, and family literacy).  

The NCAL provides news and publications regarding Adult Education nationwide and is a good resource for research and policy papers regarding adult education.  Recently, they posted Adult Education Facts That Demand Priority Attention (CLICK HERE to view) to highlight the importance of adult ed across the nation. 

Article7Practices with Promise: An Overview for Those Who Have Yet to Submit
The AEBG Practices with Promise site is a tool that allows regional consortia to share promising practices in adult education that are currently in use and proven to work across the state. These practices include current initiatives, pilot programs, or strategies employed in your region for any or all of the program areas as well as practices that have helped your planning process be a success.
We want to hear your stories and we want you to share your promising practices with your colleagues in adult education. Visit AEBGpracticeswithpromise.com to submit your story today!

Practices with Promise