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February 3, 2016
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Article1This Week's Webinar Cancelled, Join Us Next Week
This week's webinar is cancelled.  Join us next week, Friday February 12, from 12-1 p.m.  Visit us at the AEBG Webinar series page to view past webinars.  
Article3Funding Opportunities

On January 21, the CCCCO announced the creation of the Community Colleges Basic Skills and Student Outcomes Transformation Program. In 2015-16, the program provides $60,000,000 to improve the progression rate of basic skills a students from remedial education to college level instruction.  The purpose of this grant is to enable colleges receiving an award to implement or expand innovations and redesign in the areas of assessment, student services, and instruction. CLICK HERE for the memo announcing this funding opportunity.

Educational Opportunity Centers Program

On February 2, the United States Department of Education announced the availability of $54,296,053 to award grants under the Educational Opportunity Centers Program. The Department projects 151 awards with an estimated range of awards between $236,000 and $1,207,694. Applications are Due April 4. CLICK HERE for More Information on the Education Opportunity Center Funding Opportunity.

The purposes of the EOC Program are to: provide information regarding financial and academic assistance available for qualified adults who want to enter or continue to pursue a program of postsecondary education; provide assistance to those individuals in applying for admission to institutions at which a program of postsecondary education is offered, including preparing necessary applications for use by admissions and financial aid officers; and assist in improving the financial and economic literacy of program participants. 

Competitive Preference Priority 1: Improving Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (up to 2 additional points). The Secretary gives priority to projects that are designed to improve student outcomes through implementing initiatives that improve community engagement, the relationships between parents or families and school or program staff by cultivating sustained partnerships. One of the competitive Community engagement means the systematic inclusion of community organizations as partners with State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), or other educational institutions, or their school or program staff to accomplish activities that may include developing a shared community vision, establishing a shared accountability agreement, participating in shared data collection and analysis, or establishing community networks that are focused on shared community-level outcomes. These organizations may include faith- and community-based organizations, IHEs (including minority-serving institutions eligible to receive aid under title III or title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA)), businesses and industries, labor organizations, State and local government entities, or Federal entities other than the Department.  

Competitive Preference Priority 2: Supporting Military Families and Veterans (up to 2 additional points). The Secretary gives priority to projects that are designed to address the needs of military- or veteran-connected students (as defined in this notice).

Article4The New World of Work: 21st Century Skills 
The New World of Work is based in the California Community College system, and offers Career Technical Education (CTE), entrepreneurship education and economic workforce development resources for use across the country. They specialize in helping students build 21st Century Skills for practical, real world entrepreneurship and employment opportunities. It is based at Feather River College.  

The New World of Work convened skills panels and established a "Top Ten" list of 21st Century Skills that students and employees need for success in our modern economy. 

The Feather River Consortium partnered with CTE/EWD grants at Feather River College to develop a series of classroom-based lessons and videos focused on building 21st Century Soft Skills. Each skill has two lessons.  All of these resources can be accessed by visiting the New World of Work's webpage and viewing the 21st Century Skills tab.  Their next project will be to create digital badges to go along with each ot the "Top Ten" skills. 

Article5Census Bureau Releases 2014 Income and Poverty Estimates
The US Census Bureau released the findings from its Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates Program. The program provided up-to-date, single year income and poverty statistics for all counties and school districts.  This may be a useful resources for Adult Education Consortia looking for data relating to income and poverty in their region. 



California Task  Force on Workforce Job Creation, and a Strong Economy Releases Report 


The California Community College Board of Governors' Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy released 25 recommendations intended to help the community college system prepare students for the workforce and close California's skills gap. 

"The CCC Board of Governors launched the Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation and a Strong Economy (Strong Workforce Task Force) to address the projected shortfall in middleskill workers. The task force, comprised of both internal and external stakeholders, was convened to recommend a series of policies and practices to increase the production of industry-valued degrees and credentials."

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!

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