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Practices with Promise

April 5, 2017
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Article4AEBG Technical Assistance Webinar April 14: Data Submission, the CFAD and How to Make Revisions
Join us for the next webinar on Friday, April 14 at 12:00PM. The webinar will include and overview of the data submission requirements in TOPSpro, due April 30; the CFAD, due May 2; as well as an overview of how to make revisions to your governance template, three-year plan, or 2015-16 and 2016-17 annual plans, due May 15. The webinar 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 to the Webinars: 
  • Dial your telephone conference line: (888) 886-3951.
  • Cell phone users dial: 913-312-3202.
  • Enter your passcode: 960871.
  • Go to www.cccconfer.org.
  • Click the Meetings tab at the top of the screen or the Join a Class or Meeting Button at the bottom of the screen.
  • Locate your meeting and click Connect.
  • Fill out the form using passcode 819898 and click Connect.
As always, past webinars can be accessed via the AEBG Webinar Series page.  Click on "Listen to Recording" to access the webinar. You will be connected to the CCCConfer webpage where you will have to enter your name and email address and click "Connect" to listen to and view the archived webinar.  



If you are having trouble connecting, or have in the past, please contact CCCConfer Client Services so that they can provide assistance. You can contact them by phone at 1-760-744-1150 ext. 1537 or 1554, or by email at  clientservices@cccconfer.org.
Article4Letter to Consortia on Data Submission and Critical Reports
A letter was issued to AEBG Consortia primary contacts and member representatives regarding data submission and critical reports for identifying data problems and repairing records.  The letter provides detailed instructions on how to submit your quarterly and year-end data using TOPSpro Enterprise.  


A reminder that third quarter data and the third quarter data integrity report are due on April 30, 2017.




Article4AEBG Practice with Promise Spotlight: Ventura Adult Ed Consortium's Culinary Pre-Apprenticeship Program
The Ventura County Adult Education Consortium is made up of the Conejo Valley Unified School District, Oxnard Unified School District, Santa Paula Unified School District, Simi Valley Unified School District, Ventura County Community College District and the Ventura Unified School District.



The Challenge
In recent years, apprenticeship programs have taken a back seat to other workforce and post-secondary initiatives. Prior to 2015-16, there were no apprenticeship programs offered at any of the member institutions of the VCAEC. Current research supports apprenticeship programs as a critical component of a job training strategy. The American Culinary Federation, widely accepted as the culinary leader, offers students a combination of OJT and classroom apprenticeship training. The challenge was coordinating with the Los Angeles Chapter to align and articulate a pre-apprenticeship program to meet the needs of Ventura County learners. An additional part of the challenge was to find employers willing to pay employees to participate in training.


The Solution
Ventura Adult and Continuing Education staff aligned and articulated a pre-apprenticeship program with the Los Angeles Chapter of the ACF, which is certified to provide formal apprenticeships. The CTE program offers high school graduates 446 hours of lab instruction (5 hours per week) utilizing the ACF curriculum standards plus 4,000 OJT hours at a local Sponsoring House, under the direction of a highly experienced chef. Students work up to 40 hours per week, earn six industry certificates and become Certified ACF Sous Chefs. VACE's partnership with the local WDB and the Ventura County Lodging Association resulted in members agreeing to pay their workers to participate in the pre-apprenticeship training with local chefs and hotel managers.


Outcomes
The program utilizes an integrated basic skills training model, which contextualizes the development of basic skills with the acquisition of workforce competencies. Pre-apprentices have opportunities to progress through the ACF standards while they are pursuing industry recognized certificates in the Food Service and Hospitality career pathway. For the first cohort, 3 students were interviewed and recruited by chefs at two Sponsoring Houses (Ventura Beach Marriott and Embassy Suites Mandalay Bay). Students participated in the Food Expo, met with local food industry professionals, and visited local farms. All three pre-apprentices have been hired by their Sponsoring Houses. One student is now enrolled in the culinary program at Oxnard College.


The Data
The proof of the success of the pre-apprenticeship program is evidenced in the measurable outcomes for this CTE program. All three pre-apprentices from the first cohort have earned the following certifications: ServSafe Food Handler, National ServSafe Food Protection Manager, and the National Work Readiness Credential. Additionally, all 3 pre-apprentice students were hired by their Sponsoring Houses and have verified increases in their salaries. The program is designed to be completed over a two-year period of time. Upon completion of 446 hours of lab time and 4,000 OJT hours, students will have developed the culinary talent needed to work in a professional kitchen. They will also be eligible to qualify for the ACF Sous Chef Certification.




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